Hazing and drinking targeted in new report on MU Greek life

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COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri released a new report Tuesday with recommendations aimed at drinking and hazing in the Greek community.

The report comes after Dyad Strategies issued a review last year. The consultant was hired to evaluate several aspects of Greek life.

The report, completed by a 40-member campus task force, looks at the five areas: diversity and inclusion, hazing prevention and member education, academic calendar and recruitment, freshmen in Greek housing and social event risk management. 

Each area has specific recommendations, along with some deadlines.

Some of the recommendations include:

  • Hiring a full-time diversity and inclusion staff member 
  • Limiting initiation periods to six weeks to prevent hazing 
  • Limiting social events involving alcohol to Thursday through Sunday
  • Not allowing pledges to live in Greek housing unless the fraternity or sorority meets certain accreditation levels 
  • Encouraging self-reporting of hazing incidents 

Gary Ward, the interim vice chancellor for student affairs, said the next step is for the university to review the recommendations with members of the fraternity and sorority community, as well as get input from the public. 

MU's spokesperson, Christian Basi, said the goal is to build a strong Greek community on campus. 

"Because it's given so much to the community," Basi said. "It's given so much to the university. It's done a lot for thousands of students over the years." 

The Greek life community at MU has been criticized for reports of hazing and alcohol violations. 

In March, FarmHouse International Fraternity closed its MU chapter after a joint investigation on hazing and alcohol violations. 

Kappa Alpha Order, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon are just some of the fraternities that are no longer active at MU because of violations. 

In a statement from MU's PHA, it stated it is dedicated to providing a supportive environment for its members. 

"We, as an organization, had many opportunities to partake in the creation of these recommendations, and we're excited to see how our community grows as a result. We look forward to strengthening inter-council relations while developing a more diverse, positive and welcoming environment together."