University Greek organizations receive warning against physical violence

All university Greek organizations are on notice after allegedly being involved in five different physical assault altercations, said UNA Vice president of Student Affairs David Shields in a letter addressed to all campus Greek organizations.

The university claims these altercations resulted in students going to the hospital, police charges and individuals filing campus Code of Conduct charges against various Greek chapters and individuals.

Shields said various chapter leaders, members and guests allowed these incidents to happen without taking proper action. Alcohol was a factor in all of these altercations.

Shields said the university does not support these violations. Any additional violations will call for the university to take immediate and decisive actions. The university will hold the entire Greek system, individual chapters and individual members accountable.

“We expected all students, especially members of our Greek chapters, to conduct themselves in a manner supportive of the educational mission of the institution,” Shields said.

The university will hold a mandatory risk management program Oct. 22 at 7 p.m. in Norton Auditorium and Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. in the Guillott University Center banquet halls. They will listen to presenations about physical violence and alcohol in the Greek community.

Every member of a Greek organization must attend at least one of these meetings. Students should bring their mane card to the session to check in.

“The University of North Alabama desires to continue our long-standing tradition of supporting and encouraging fraternity and sorority life at the university,” Shields said. “However, we expect that the fraternity and sorority system and its members will be positive contributors to campus life and adhere to the high ideals and standards they espouse. Being a part of the (UNA) community is a privilege, not a right.”

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