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All fraternities and sororities are on social probation after another sexual assault was reported over the weekend.
This is the third sexual assault that has been reported in connection with greek life this academic year, according to Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey. The first occurred at a Pi Kappa Alpha-affiliated party on Halloween. The second occurred at the end of last quarter, but was not announced to students because it was not determined to put the community at risk.
“The probation will last until our greek community of students and student leaders have an opportunity to put together a plan that will really bring about culture change that promotes healthy and safe social environments for everyone on our campus,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey.
The probation entails no social events. Chapter meetings, recruitment of new members and philanthropy will all still continue, according to Humphrey. While Humphrey was clear in saying the probation has no finite timeline, a university-wide email released Tuesday evening said, “We hope to have a thoughtful plan for culture change proposed by our students in thirty days, at which point we will revisit the social probation.”
The announcement follows Inter Fraternity Council President Alex Horncliff’s announcement last night that there would be “dire” consequences if another greek-affiliated sexual assault was reported.
Editor’s note: Our original headline said probation was indefinite, a piece of information we received from Keith Humphrey before the university’s email was released. The headline and story have now been updated to reflect both Humphrey’s interview and the university’s email.