WVU has placed an immediate halt on all social and recruiting activities of the sixteen social and social-professional fraternities comprising the Interfraternity Council, enacting a plan to review and strengthen oversight in the wake of concern over behavioral issues.
According to a release from WVU, under the ban, only basic chapter operations, philanthropic, or service activities and brotherhood events will be allowed.
According to the release, the decision comes in the context of a growing national debate over fraternity and sorority life on college campuses, with several institutions banning fraternity and sorority life altogether or tightly restricting their activities.
“We are at a tipping point,” WVU President Gordon Gee said. “We have seen the headlines across the country. We have had a few of our own in recent weeks. I cannot in good conscience as your president, stand by and do nothing.”
“We have two paths before us,” Gee said. “One is the path that many of our peers have chosen: Shut down Greek life. Or two, work together as partners – the University, students, alumni and our national leaderships – to create real change. I wish to choose the latter.
For more information, check out WVU’s full press release on the matter here.