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MU hires outside consultant to review Greek Life

Dyad is looking at policies specifically relating to hazing, housing, alcohol and drugs, as well as providing trainings and workshops for active members.

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Greek town.

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Sept. 5, 2017

The University of Missouri hired Dyad Strategies in late July to compare MU’s Greek Life policies with other universities around the country and recommend any changes. Dyad Strategies will also be providing training and workshops to active members to supplement its policy recommendations.

"We are happy that the University brought in Dyad Strategies to conduct a review of Mizzou’s Greek community,” IFC Vice President of Public Relations Trevor Beshear said in an email. “The fact that so many stakeholders within the Greek community, including the IFC and our member organizations, have been heard makes us believe this will be a valuable step in strengthening Greek Life at Mizzou.”

In recent years, MU Greek Life has been rocked by the scandals of several fraternities, including Kappa Alpha Order and Sigma Pi, which resulted in a five-year ban for KAO and a permanent ban for Sigma Pi.

However, according to Liz McCune, of the MU News Bureau, no specific incident occurred to bring Dyad in. Instead, vice chancellor for student affairs Gary Ward consulted with the MU General Counsel and, the counsel thought that with the change in leadership at MU it would be a good time to review Greek Life policies.

Earlier this year, Ward was named interim vice chancellor for student affairs in addition to retaining his position as vice chancellor for operations.

Dyad started work at MU in July and will finish in September. Since its founding in 2014, Dyad Strategies has represented over 25 universities nationwide, including Southeastern Conference schools such as the University of Mississippi, Vanderbilt University and the University of Georgia.

“[Dyad Strategies was chosen] because of their national reputation, because they’ve worked so extensively with other universities,” McCune said.

MU will pay a total of $22,000 for the company’s services, according to McCune. MU is facing a $20 million budget shortfall this year, forcing a 5-percent budget cut and a hiring freeze.

“We’re scrutinizing all expenditures, particularly during this challenging financial time, and we entered this contract because it will help the university to enhance Greek Life and ultimately the student experience,” McCune said.

Edited by Sarah Hallam | shallam@themaneater.com

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