National Website Reports TU Fraternity Issues, Students, University Respond
In an article with no shortage of snark or sarcasm, the website, TotalFratMove.com ran a story recently on disciplinary action taken against the University of Tulsa's Interfraternity Council.The site claims TU Dean of Students, Yolanda Taylor suspended the IFC after learning about underage drinking during fraternity recruitment parties.According to the site, Taylor banned the governing body of campus fraternities for 60 days, appointing herself to oversee them, instead."I think the fraternities need to represent the school in a positive way, but I also think that it is college and people are going to have fun," said one TU student."I think it should be expected from a fraternity -- like, everywhere else does it, so it's not really a surprise that that's what's happening, so, I don't have a problem with it," another student said.The article says the dean's decision puts the fraternities on social probation, essentially, banning parties.Total Frat Move cites several fraternity sources as being outraged, referring to the punishment as "Marshal Law" and claiming that Taylor is on a power trip."I mean, it's their house, it's what they can do. They can do whatever they want, as long as it's reasonable and they're not destroying property and stuff like that," another independent student told KTUL.One TU grad student had a different perspective, saying, "I think, especially since they're on campus, they should - you know - adhere to more of a strict code of less partying, more focus on school and academics and whatnot."The University responded late Friday afternoon to KTUL's request for comment with the following statement:"The University of Tulsa Interfraternity Council (IFC) is working on revisions to the recruitment policies, bylaws, adjudication of infractions, and sanctions. The process, which is being facilitated by one staff member and one faculty member, has been extraordinarily successful. The meetings have been very well attended, and students have provided tremendous input and an acknowledgement that the process of revitalizing IFC was long overdue.Yolanda Taylor, TU's dean of students, initially gave IFC 60 days to conduct the review, but participants say it might take longer to create a document all the organizations can support. The IFC, which is comprised of students, governs five fraternities at TU.Three of those fraternities (Pi Kappa Alpha, Kappa Alpha and Kappa Sigma) were placed on probation by IFC for recruitment infractions. Two of the three have completed their probation. The last of the three will complete probation by October 1, 2013.Earlier in 2013, Lambda Chi Alpha was placed on probation through the 2014-15 academic year by the university for violation of the student code of conduct.The fifth fraternity, Sigma Chi, self-imposed sanctions following a report of an unregistered event at the Sigma Chi house. Sigma Chi also self-reported the violation to the national office.Probation still allows the fraternities to fully participate in student life and intramural activities, but it specifically prohibits them from holding parties during the probationary period."