President’s blog: An open letter to Penn State’s Greek community

Penn State President Eric Barron. Credit: Michelle Bixby / Penn StateCreative Commons

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Despite years of effort to address the problems plaguing Greek-letter organizations, including excessive drinking, hazing and sexual assaults, Penn State President Eric Barron writes in his latest blog post how troubling behavior persists.

“For a decade, we have tried to address these problems in myriad ways, recognizing that Greek houses are privately owned, managed by external parties, sanctioned by national organizations, and are not under the jurisdiction of University Police,” Barron writes in his blog, “Digging Deeper.”

The University has created educational programs, instituted new policies and partnered with the Intrafraternity Council and Panhellenic Council to address issues that not only affect Penn State’s Greek-letter organizations, but those across the country as well.

Even with restrictions recently implemented in the wake of the tragic death of a student at Beta Theta Pi, Barron writes, “If new rules can just be ignored, or behavior just goes underground, and if there is no willingness to recognize the adverse impact of excessive drinking, hazing and sexual assault, is there any hope?”

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Last Updated April 11, 2017