St. Louis community members of the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity held an informational welcome event to meet Washington University students who might be interested in joining the Black Greek-lettered fraternity Feb. 11.
The updated policy aims to address power imbalances between fraternities and sororities, give chapters the ability to opt out of security guards at dry mixers and outlines a pilot program starting in March that will increase the number of Greek social events allowed per night from three to four.
Fraternity Tau Kappa Epsilon was placed under temporary suspension “at the end of last week” following alleged violations from fall 2018 recruitment and “education processes,” according to Assistant Director of Fraternity/Sorority Life Austin Sandoval-Sweeney. Currently, the fraternity is under investigation by the Office of Conduct and Community Standards.
Formal sorority recruitment registration closed with 455 students registered to participate, over 45 fewer than the year before.
Sisters of Color, an affinity group for women of color in the Panhellenic Greek community, and Lambda Q, a group which advocates for LGBTQIA* students in fraternities and sororities, co-hosted a panel on the experiences of marginalized identities within the Greek system at Washington University Saturday.
Co-creators of the Women’s Panhellenic Association independent climate survey presented data relevant to Washington University fraternities at a meeting with the Interfraternity Council and Campus Life Thursday. In a survey Women’s Panhellenic Association (WPA) president senior Genevieve Leach and senior Rachel Lynn Braly co-created, approximately 290 sorority members reported at least one instance of sexual harassment or assault by members of every Greek fraternity chapter on campus.
The self-reporting form for survivors of sexual violence created by Sigma Alpha Epsilon was formally deactivated following a meeting with Campus Life Thursday. The Google form was designed so that those who were sexually harassed or assaulted by a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) could report their experience to a judicial board of SAE members for investigation.
Women in Washington University sororities reported sexual harassment or assault by members of every Greek fraternity chapter in an independent survey commissioned by the Women’s Panhellenic Association.
Assistant Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life Austin Sandoval-Sweeney and Executive Director for Campus Life Leslie Heusted hosted the forum to serve as a space to provide reasoning for new policy changes in addition to encouraging feedback on how they could best improve the policy to suit the needs of Greek members on campus.
Two members of Chi Omega established Sisters of Color, an affinity group for women of color in Washington University Greek life organizations, which held its first meeting last week.