West Virginia University has announced recommendations as part of the fraternity and sorority review system.
The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life at West Virginia University announced recommendations to strengthen oversight of the social and social-professional fraternities on campus.
This review process follows a moratorium on all social and recruiting activities at the 16 social and social-professional fraternities that make up the interfraternity council. WVU enacted the policy earlier this year in the wake of concerns about continued behavioral issues.
“And essentially what we decided to do is to take a few steps back as a community and recognize that, because of a series of really disturbing things that have occurred, we need to sort of take a few steps back,” said Matthew Richardson,
A committee, made up of students, alumni, staff, faculty, and national headquarter partners, has reviewed each chapter’s academic, disciplinary, and community engagement history.
“What we are really committing to is this veil of transparency and being able to give information to our students and families when they are making a decision to join a fraternity or sorority. And so, on our website, we published the results of this review and updated the current status of all of our groups,” said Richardson.
You can view these reviews here.
A dateline special aired in early June that highlighted problems in college fraternities nationwide. The special prominently featured a deadly, alcohol-related incident involving WVU student, Nolan Burch.
“Well I really applaud president gee and the institution for participating in that because I think that the push group, the families that have lost, are coming together and realizing that enough is enough,” said Richardson.
Phi Sigma Kappa, Pi Kappa Alpha, and Sigma Alpha Mu have temporarily lost recognition as student organizations. The office of fraternity and sorority life has plans to bring them back in three academic years.
The Interfraternity council social and new member education moratorium will be lifted upon the start of the 2018-19 academic year.