In a recent post, we discussed some of the current issues around college sorority and fraternity chapters across the United States. Many students have become proponents of dismantling the Greek system completely, arguing that Greek life promotes sexual violence, harassment, and more. This fall saw a significant increase in protests across the country. If you'd like to catch up on that background, you can read more here. Suffice it to say, however, there are concerns about the culture of fraternities and sororities, and how that impacts student safety, both on and off-campus.
What's a Better Approach Than Shutting Down?
Because there is not a consensus about the relationship between fraternity membership and an increase in sexual harassment or other issues of student misconduct, it's important to not just shut down all Greek life on college campuses.
Many students refer to the benefits of belonging to a sorority or fraternity, both while in college and post-baccalaureate. The forged relationships and available connections can help make someone's career, introduce someone to a future spouse, and more.
Gary R. Pike analyzed responses from more than 200,000 students and prepared a report entitled “The Greek Experience Revisited.” He found that individuals who participated in Greek life also were “more engaged on campus…, reported greater gains in learning, and were more satisfied with their college experience.”
In addition to the benefits, proponents of reform suggest that shutting down Greek life would not actually stop the activities associated with fraternities and sororities. Instead, they argue that chapters would just go underground and be outside of the university's jurisdiction.
Implications for Fraternity and Sorority Defense
Whether or not your chapter—or individual members—are currently facing any allegations, it's important to understand the possible implications of this increased scrutiny. As more eyes are on fraternities and sororities and universities and colleges attempt to respond to student concerns, they may be reactionary or harsher than before in their follow-up for alleged transgressions.
If you are facing allegations, you'll want to research and find an attorney-advisor with experience helping Greek life organizations. Their expertise can help your chapter or its members ensure that it receives fair treatment from the school.
Student Fraternity and Sorority Organizational Defense Attorney-Advisor
Whether your entire chapter is under the risk of censure or there are individuals associated with allegations linked to fraternity or sorority events, it's advisable to speak with an attorney-advisor. An attorney-advisor can work on your behalf, advise you on the best next steps, and potentially negotiate with the school's administration, depending on the circumstances. Attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm have helped countless collegiate students and Greek life chapters across the United States overcome organizational misconduct issues and they can help you. Call us today at 888.535.3686 or contact us online.