As an on-campus housing facility, Greek Village will adhere to the same university policies as any residence hall, unless the Board of Trustees looks at changing certain policies such as alcohol.
Ronnie Williams, vice president of student services and institutional diversity, said the board has held several discussions, most recently at the UCA Board of Trustees retreat in March, about allowing persons 21 years of age and older to posses and responsibly consume alcohol at Greek Village.
“We have policies in place and those won’t be any different unless the board decides to address issues like alcohol, and that’s something we’ve talked about, but as it stands now alcohol is prohibited on university property,” Williams said.
Williams said he’s sure the board will be looking at this policy further.
“Risk management is something we take very seriously, especially with this particular group because of the nature of Greek life,” Williams said.
Every year, each Greek member is required to attend risk management training.
For example, each fall the university hosts a Greek convocation, said Kaylon Bradford, National Pan-Hellenic Council advisor, in which Greeks are required to be there to be given their “charge for the year.”
“We focus on a variety of topics from hazing prevention, sexual assault awareness, alcoholism and other best practices for safety and being the best student organization and student leader one can be,” he said.
As a living learning community, Greek Village will be under university policy as well as be under the supervision of a live-in resident assistant who reports to UCA Student Housing.
That person will have responsibility for administrative and policy enforcement, said Gary Roberts, dean of students.
University police will also patrol the area and have a significant presence, Roberts said.
There is already a significant relationship established between University police and Greek organizations. Each time an off-campus event is scheduled through the university, university police officers must be present, regardless if the event has alcohol or not, Roberts said.
In terms of their behavior, Greeks don’t do anything worse than any other student organization on campus; it’s just that when it happens, they get spotlighted, Roberts said.
If three to four students in a residential college violate university policy, the students are dealt with individually, but when a few students in a Greek organization go against university policy, the entire organization must be punished, therefore highlighting the incident, Williams said.
Sigma Phi Epsilon is the only off-campus fraternity house. Since the fraternity owns that house, Roberts explained, they are allowed to have individual parties with alcohol present.
The university currently has an agreement with Sigma Phi Epsilon in which the fraternity must register the event with the university if their party will reach in the numbers of 100 people or more, Roberts said, and alcohol cannot be present.
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