Step one is to admit you have a problem. Despite that fact that five of his students ended up in the hospital with alcohol poisoning after last year’s “bid day”, Mr. Shukas thinks maybe the problem is that regular students may have mis-reported they were in chapters, inflating the greek life rape numbers in Jennifer Freyd’s survey report. The ODE has the story:
… Justin Shukas, Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life at UO, has made sure that there are a number of programs in place to make students feel safe in terms of sexual assault.
“We do a new member orientation program that happens within two to three weeks of when new members receive their bids,” he said. “We cover sexual assault prevention and alcohol abuse prevention.”…
Shukas said that many FSL members were surprised by the results of the study. “I think a lot of the students’ reaction is that they weren’t aware,” Shukas said. “The data was also self reported, and it’s unsure if those students were actually in chapters, so there are still a lot of questions about that.” …
UO FSL saw first hand how individuals’ poor decisions can lead to an unsafe environment after five sorority women were hospitalized due to alcohol poisoning following Bid Day 2013.
10/15/2014: Fraternity members 3x more likely to commit rape – UO Dean Shang says don’t forget about their community service
Jake New has the basics in a report in InsideHigherEd from September:
This month was not kind to the already-embattled image of the American college fraternity.
Wesleyan University announced that its fraternities would have to go coeducational amid a push from students and faculty members who say that fraternities encourage sexism and mistreatment of women. Clemson University suspended all fraternity activity following a member’s fatal plunge from a bridge. The Texas Tech University chapter of Phi Delta Theta was suspended after displaying a banner that read “No Means Yes, Yes Means Anal.”
And with research and college health experts noting thatincidents of sexual assault and high-risk drinking are particularly prevalent among fraternity and sorority members than other students on campus, a question inevitably arises: Why don’t colleges just do away with Greek life completely?
Good question. Especially when the data says:
While the majority of fraternity members do not commit rape, they are three times as likely to commit rape as non-members, according to a 2007 study.
UO Dean of Students Paul Shang gives his answer in this new Josephine Woolington story in the RG, which reports on UO data on rapes of sorority members:
… UO Dean of Students Paul Shang said he hadn’t looked at Freyd’s data in much detail, but emphasized that the research should not overshadow the community service that fraternity and sorority members provide to the university and to local charities. He said many students are interested in coming to the UO because of its Greek life culture.
Shang said the UO plans to expand Greek life to where 20 percent of undergraduate students are members of a fraternity or sorority, compared to the current 15 percent.
That’s right, UO’s Dean of Students failed to do his homework, but he’s decided to expand greek life anyway. Do the math – how many extra rapes is Paul Shang willing to accept? I must have missed the meeting where he presented this proposal to the UO Senate, and we adopted it.
Fortunately the UO student’s news site The Daily Jade has higher standards than the UO administration: