Chico State cuts fraternities, sororities
November 15, 2012
• Suspends every activity until next year
• “We need to re-set, review and think about our future together”
In the movie “Animal House,” Dean Vernon Wormer, Dean of Faber College, tried without success to shut down one errant fraternity.
But in Chico, it’s no movie.
California State University, Chico, has suspended every fraternity and sorority, forbidding them to have any activities and to cover up their logos until further notice.
Vice President for Student Affairs Drew Calandrella, says a number of serious incidents had taken place involving Greek chapters in 2012, including alcohol policy violations, allegations of hazing, alleged assaults and other violations of rules governing Greek life on campus.
While some of the fraternities and sororities were “exemplars,” he says, the behavior of others reflected poorly on the entire Greek system and the University as a whole.
Chico State President Paul Zingg says the university will require any fraternity or sorority in the future to adhere to strict behavior rules to be considered for reinstatement.
Until that time, campus fraternities and sororities may not hold any activities or events and must remove or cover up the Greek letters on their chapter houses.
CSU, Chico has approximately 1,200 students in 26 social Greek organizations. The university’s fall 2012 enrollment is 16,470 students.
“We need to re-set, review and think about our future together,”says Mr. Zingg. “The system has to rise or fall on the commitment of its members.”