From left, greek council presidents Domenic Hjerpe (IFC), Danielle Durante (Panhellenic) and Edward Yanez (USFC) enter a meeting with administrators Thursday afternoon.
After meeting with administrators twice Thursday afternoon, Panhellenic President and business administration junior Danielle Durante said greek leaders are “reaching the end” of finalizing a draft of the party registration policy.
“If they finish the document and are able to send it to National Panhellenic Council (NPC) by Monday, it looks like (next) Friday would be a good end date,” Durante said.
The two meetings today, held between greek council presidents, Vice President for Student Affairs Keith Humphrey, Dean of Students Jean DeCosta and Coordinator of Fraternity and Sorority Life Kathryn O’Hagan, went “really well,” Durante said.
“We had a great conversation,” Durante said. “Keith expressed that he was really appreciative of the time that Jean, Dom, Eddy and I have put in towards this contract as was Kathryn.”
DeCosta, Humphrey, and O’Hagan were all supportive of the new policy proposed by greek council presidents, Durante said.
“They liked that we utilized all three councils to make it and that we made it a little more user friendly and easier to read,” Durante said.
Greek council presidents did request an addition to the policy to deal with the reasonable observer clause, which will remain in the document, Durante said. The change will be made to the judicial process section, which would be applied in case the policy is broken once enacted.
DeCosta and O’Hagan will make that and other revisions to the policy, and then send it to NPC for review, Durante said.
“We still need NPC approval since we’ve updated the document and a couple Interfraternity Council (IFC) chapters are also waiting to hear back from their nationals, but it looks like we’re all finally on the same page, which is really encouraging,” Durante said.
Once revised, all three councils will conduct a vote with their chapter presidents next week.
“We’re going to meet with Jean and Kathryn as soon as they finalize the document, and then we’re going to meet with our respective chapter next week,” Durante said. “Then we’ll be meeting probably with everyone when were ready to sign the document.”
The meeting today was the first time greek leaders have met with Humphrey since being placed on probation for not reaching a deadline earlier in the quarter.
Durante said Humphrey was appreciative of the time they had dedicated to the policy, rather than upset they missed the original deadline.
Humphrey is considering extending deadlines for the rest of the deferred recruitment compromise, and possibly for the finalized draft of the party registration policy, which is due by spring quarter, Durante said.
Because Humphrey had originally envisioned Cal Poly as being on the semester system, he didn’t realize the short amount of time greek leaders would have during fall quarter to work on the party registration policy, Durante said.
“Keith did apologize, he kind of forgot that we were on the quarter system so when he originally put the deadline for by winter quarter,” Durante said. “He had envisioned us having an extra month-and-a-half.”
Though greek life will remain on probation for the third consecutive weekend until a draft policy is finalized, Durante described the negotiations now as “coming to a close.”