MU fraternity council to hold open forum
COLUMBIA - After numerous claims of hazing and multiple fraternity houses being kicked off the University of Missouri campus, the governing body of fraternity life at MU is hosting an open forum Wednesday night to discuss the issues.
The forum comes one day after MU announced the removal of Farmhouse fraternity amid allegations of hazing and improper conduct.
Within the last two months, other fraternities such as Sigma Pi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and Sigma Phi Epsilon have been booted from MU.
The MU Interfraternity Council said the main concern of the forum is to continue to build the trust of the community by discussing trends happening within Greek life both nationally and locally.
"For the parents at home who are worried about sending their kids into fraternities, we have to show them that health and safety is our upmost priority," said Joshua Chodor, Vice President of Risk Management for the Interfraternity Council.
Chodor said the event, which will be held in MU's Strickland Hall at 7 P.M. on Wednesday night, is open to the entire Columbia community.
"The fraternity and sorority community is definitely in a fragile place, but this has to be seen as an opportunity for positive change. This is something that we want to make a difference in," Chodor said.
On Tuesday at a University curators meeting, MU Chancellor Alexander Cartwright said MU has the students in mind when making a decision involving Greek life.
"Whenever we think about our fraternities, we are always thinking about our students. I will always support what is in the best interest of our students," Cartwright said.
Chodor said the trust of the community is necessary to keep Greek life afloat.
"If parents cannot continue to trust sending their kids into Greek organizations, then our entire structure will fail."