West Virginia University has suspended the social and recruiting activities of organizations in its Interfraternity Council.
In a press release late Wednesday evening, WVU said it met with fraternity and sorority representatives and only “basic chapter operations, philanthropic or service activities and brotherhood events will be allowed.”
This does not effect organizations in the National Pan-Hellenic Council and Panhellenic Association, which may operate as usual.
WVU also announced a campus-wide plan to review the Greek life system in light of concerns over behavioral issues.
“We know many students have a great experience in fraternity life, and do the right things – make the right choices and actively engage in philanthropy, service and leadership, but as a system, there are enough concerns that we want to ask the IFC to help us reset,” said Dean of Students Corey Farris in a statement.
According to a press release, the Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life will create a group of student, alumni and national partners to create a plan for these organizations moving forward.
“We have two paths before us,” said WVU President Gordon Gee in a statement. “One is the path that many of our peers have chosen: Shut down Greek life. Or two, work together as partners – the University, students, alumni and our national leaderships – to create real change. I wish to choose the latter.”
WVU also took immediate action, announcing it’s raising academic standards to join a fraternity or sorority. Currently, students must have a 2.5 grade point average. That requirement is now 2.75 and will increase to 3.0 by the fall of 2020.
Chapter GPA requirements must also meet the 2.75 standard.
The organizations immediately affected are: Alpha Gamma Rho, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Alpha Sigma Phi, Kappa Alpha Order. Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Gamma Delta, Phi Kappa Psi, Phi Sigma Kappa, Pi Kappa Alpha, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Alpha Mu, Sigma Chi, Sigma Nu, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Theta Chi.
Those organizations in teh National Pan-Hellenic Council and Panhellenic Association will adhere to new standards beginning in the fall of 2018.