Outside consultant to review MU's greek life practices

1 year 8 months 2 days ago Wednesday, August 16 2017 Aug 16, 2017 Wednesday, August 16, 2017 11:09:00 AM CDT August 16, 2017 in News
By: Nick Allen, KOMU 8 Reporter

COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri has hired a Florida company to take a look at the fraternities and sororities on campus.

The review will be done by Dyad Strategies and will look at the operations of the Office of Greek Life, as well as the university's relationship with the various Greek Life organizations.

"The review will help the university get a sense of national best practices related to Greek Life and current policies and procedures in place," said Liz McCune with the MU News Bureau in an e-mail to KOMU 8 News.

She added the review "will be used to assess policies and procedures related to the Office of Greek Life and Mizzou’s Greek community."

McCune said Dyad Strategies will look at policies related to alcohol and drugs, hazing, trainings and workshops, housing, recruitment and retention. The university will pay around $22,000 for Dyad's services, which started July 1 and will continue through September.

The review, which was initiated after Vice Chancellor Gary Ward took leadership of Student Affairs, comes following several incidents involving fraternity members and misconduct. 

In October 2016, MU suspended Kappa Alpha following an incident of alleged hazing. Brandon Zingale, a member of the fraternity, sued the organization this summer, alleging he was forced by others to drink alcohol until he was incapacitated. When he was hospitalized after the incident, his blood alcohol content was reportedly 0.41, more than five times the legal limit.

In September 2016, the university placed Delta Upsilon on emergency suspension after some of its members allegedly shouted racial slurs and obscenities at members of the Legion of Black Collegians student organization.

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