Survey shows majority of students think consortium’s proposals would be ineffective

The survey had more than 1900 responses, many of which came from the Greek community.
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Just over 20 percent of students who responded in a recent survey reported that they were sexually assaulted in a fraternity house or knew someone who was.

Members of the Greek Community from alumni to current students have been working to address sexual assault in fraternity houses. Earlier this week, Panhellenic Association announced plans for a sexual violence education program, which will start in the fall and be mandatory for all current and prospective members. A summit on sexual assault in fraternity houses has been scheduled for Saturday.

In addition to PHA’s plans, the MU Fraternity Alumni Consortium’s proposed regulations are also sure to be discussed. The proposals, dated April 8, were delivered to Chancellor R. Bowen Loftin by the Fraternity Alumni Consortium and include policies to ban hard alcohols and prohibit women from visiting fraternity houses between 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

The Maneater surveyed MU students over the course of eight days in response to several regulations proposed by the MU Fraternity Alumni Consortium. The survey, which had 1,940 responses, found that a majority of students do not think the regulations would be effective. A majority of surveyed Prospective fraternity and sorority members also said their recruitment plans would be negatively affected by the regulations.

“Your ideas are ridiculous,” one student wrote in the survey. “We are young adults now and if women want to stay at a fraternity house past 10 she should be aloud (sic) to. You are just trying to create problems for everyone. This will not solve anything. It will cause more problems on campus.”

Seventy-eight percent of the responses were from current Greek Life members. The grades of the respondents were distributed fairly equally. Thirty-seven percent listed themselves as sophomores. Students who took the survey were required to give a pawprint, which was then verified by Maneater staff.

Since news of the proposals hit social media June 1, mandatory drug testing has been dropped as a potential measure, consortium spokesperson Ted Hellman told The Maneater in a June 5 article.

More than 1,100 prospective fraternity members responded in the survey, and 64 percent said they will not participate in recruitment if house parties are restricted and women are not allowed in fraternity houses on the weekends. Additionally, 29 percent said they would still rush, but it would be a disappointment.

Recruitment for IFC starts June 26. The Office of Greek Life tweeted Friday that IFC recruitment is full, a first for the organization.

Incoming freshman Alex Weinstock told The Maneater in a June 3 article that he is interested in joining Greek Life, but he is hesitant after hearing the proposed regulations.

“I was planning on rushing, but now I am kind of weary about doing so after these proposals,” he said at the time.

Prospective sorority members who were surveyed felt similarly. Out of the 1,099 who responded, 50 percent said they will not go through recruitment if their ability to socialize with fraternity members was restricted.

For current members of both sororities and fraternities, there was no clear majority on if they would’ve joined a chapter if the regulations were in place. Eleven percent of current sorority members said they joined a chapter for the sisterhood while 52 percent said it would’ve been a disappointment. Meanwhile, 46 percent of current fraternity members said they would not have gone through recruitment, and 45 percent said it would’ve been a disappointment.

Students were also asked for any suggestions as to how to prevent sexual assault on campus and around 600 people responded.

“To prevent sexual violence, it is a matter of education every student on campus, not just Greek Life,” one junior wrote. “From day one the tone from students, staff, and administration should be that this is not tolerated on MU’s campus. Give everyone the tools to identify sexual violence and be able to report it. Educate everyone on how to be safe around campus and be aware of what is happening around you. Developing an intolerance among the student body for such behavior is key. These sanctions will only make the students revolt and won’t help the cause.”

Education was a common theme throughout the suggestions.

“EDUCATION earlier on,” a sophomore wrote. “Not education on what happens after sexual assaults but education on what is considered a sexual assault. Women need to feel comfortable calling for help or disclosing the assault and men need to feel comfortable knowing when a line has been drawn and things are no longer consensual.”

Stay with The Maneater for updates on this story. You can read our ongoing coverage on the Greek Life regulations here.

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