UVA greek life is back after false rape allegations
(CNN) — No more pre-mixed drinks. Security at the doors. And sober brothers at every event, guarding the stairs and with key access to each room.
Those are some of the rules that fraternities will have to abide by if they want to throw a party, the University of Virginia says.
UVA shut down Greek social life on November 21, two days after the publication of a now-discredited Rolling Stone magazine article about an alleged gang rape in a fraternity house on the Charlottesville campus.
The article’s credibility aside, the university acknowledged this week that it needs to evaluate a broader problem, and said the Greek life “pause” was intended to allow leadership to work on improving safety at fraternity and sorority events.
Reinstatement comes with a stipulation that each Greek organization agree by January 16 to new rules — devised by UVA’s Greek leadership councils — for university social events.
Among the rules are requirements that at least three members of a fraternity be “sober and lucid” at each fraternity function, and at least one of the “sober brothers” have key access to every room in the fraternity house during the party, according to the document.
Also, pre-mixed drinks or punches are prohibited from fraternity parties. Beer and wine must be opened and “poured visibly at the bar by a sober brother.” And security officers must be hired to monitor the entrance at parties where there are fewer fraternity members than nonmembers.
“I believe the new safety measures recommended by the student leaders in the Greek community will help provide a safer environment for their members and guests,” UVA President Teresa Sullivan said in a press release.