Interfraternity council devotes time to “training” and “education”
For the next two weeks, parties have been cancelled for all fraternities at CU who belong to the Interfraternity Council.
According to an IFC press release, the executive board decided unanimously on Wednesday, Feb. 21, to ban all social events at CU fraternities because of “several IFC policy violations and potentially unsafe social and management practices in a number of our member fraternities.”
John Henderson, director of Greek life, thinks the recent outburst of events at the fraternities may be due to the elections of new presidents and leadership within the houses.
“The IFC leadership felt that because there has been a transition of leadership, some of the new leaders coming in were not aware of the standards IFC sets for social events,” Henderson said. “I fully support it. We’re going to take a time-out for some education.”
This decision is reported to be a preventative measure, a new policy of this year’s IFC executive board. The IFC is hoping to be proactive rather than place moratoriums on the fraternity chapters in reaction to such tragedies as that of Lynn “Gordy” Bailey in 2004, and that of Jesse Gomez in 2006.
“Many of our chapters have recently elected new, and in some cases, young leadership,” IFC President Chris Kline said in the press release. “For that reason, we have elected at this time to declare a ‘Social Moratorium’ while all chapter leaders are brought up to speed on our established community standards through proper training and education.”
Until March 9, all fraternity chapters will be prohibited from hosting social events involving alcohol. According to the press release, they will be given a chance to “improve their safety and risk management procedures with a particular emphasis on holding safe, controlled social events.”
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