Fraternities Refusing to Sign On to New UVA Rules Implemented in Aftermath of Rolling Stone Article
Two fraternities are standing up to the University of Virginia, saying they won't play by new rules. Kappa Alpha Order and Alpha Tau Omega have harsh words for UVA leaders.
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - Two fraternities are standing up to the University of Virginia, saying they won't play by new rules. Kappa Alpha Order and Alpha Tau Omega have harsh words for UVA leaders.
Both fraternities released statements on Tuesday, citing reasons why they won't sign on with new guidelines UVA is mandating for Greek organizations.
Alpha Tau Omega and Kappa Alpha Order say the university violated the original fraternity operating agreement (FOA), going as far as accusing UVA of strong-arming fraternities by suspending them.
Both fraternities also say the new agreement creates unique legal burdens on students.
"I think the fraternities want to understand why it is the university took action against 25 percent of the student body and suspended them without any thought to due process," said Kevin O'Neill, a member of the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee.
Phi Kappa Psi - the fraternity called into question in the Rolling Stone magazine article which started all of this - has signed the new agreement with UVA.
The agreements were developed by student groups and would require that parties not serve pre-mixed drinks or punches, beer to only be served from unopened cans, wine poured by a sober brother, and security at the doors.
A spokesperson with the university says "We remain hopeful that all groups will commit to these reasonable protocols designed to improve student safety."