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Greek Life on Social Probation

Cal Poly school officials said the latest sexual assault was reported last weekend, following the reports of the assault the school met with fraternity and sorority leaders Tuesday afternoon.

The following note from the Cal Poly’s President, Dean of Students and VP of Student Affairs. It was shared with the Cal Poly community on Tuesday.

Dear Cal Poly Community,

We write to make you aware that effective today Cal Poly is placing all Greek organizations (social fraternities and sororities) on temporary social probation.

We do not take this action lightly and are making it only after careful consideration. In fall quarter and as recently as this past weekend, we have received reports of incidents ranging from sexual assaults to extreme intoxication of underage students at social events hosted by Greek organizations. We have made the difficult decision to implement social probation to help ensure the ongoing wellbeing of our student and campus community.

Social probation means that no social events (with or without alcohol) may take place at chapter facilities, satellite houses, or third-party venues. Social probation will remain in effect until our students develop a plan to enhance our existing education efforts and programs and create safer social environments when organizations host parties. We hope to have a thoughtful plan for culture change proposed by our students in thirty days, at which point we will revisit the social probation.

We continue to work to address these concerns and will build on conversations that began earlier this month with student leaders around these topics. We believe that the solutions to the challenges we face can be solved through collaborative work with the entire Greek community.

Jeffrey D. Armstrong Keith B. Humphrey Jean DeCosta
President Vice President for Dean of Students
Student Affairs

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