Greek life policies on local campuses

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– News 8 is digging for answers after the same Yale frat house has had a whole bunch of problems.

That one frat house has had at least two sexual assault complaints and a lawsuit. Now, there are questions over what the Yale University does to hold fraternities and sororities accountable.

When do they say enough is enough? And when do they just wash their hands of it?

News 8 made several attempts to do an on camera interview with Yale University about how these fraternities are held accountable, but they instead explained in an email.

So, we checked with other area universities to see what their policies are we found they are all different.

This is not the first time News 8 knocked on the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house at Yale University.

Earlier this week we called, emailed and showed up at the doorstep of the fraternity’s president home and he never responded to any of our requests to speak about the two reports of alleged sexual assault at the off-campus frat house.

The same fraternity is also named in two lawsuits following a deadly Harvard-Yale tailgate that left one woman dead and two others injured.

When it comes to fraternities, Yale simply says there are is no on campus Greek Housing but that and every student at Yale whether they live on or off campus are subject to the same undergraduate regulations.

At  UCONN, there is a much different scenario when it comes to the Greek System. They have 34 Fraternity and Sorority organizations on campus.

“Twelve of our fraternities and sororities live in Husky Village which is on campus housing and it’s run by residential life,” said Todd Sullivan, Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

Todd Sullivan says there area series of steps to determine if individual students or organizations violate student code to determine a punishment.

In the last seven years, he says there have been four who have lost their recognition for one reason or another, usually the organization has a history of violations.

One of those chapters, you guessed it, Sigma Phi Epsilon.

“They had a chapter that closed here in 2008 and they have petitioned to return in Fall 2014, so we are working towards a re-recognition process with them,” said Sullivan.

He says many times the National Fraternity Headquarters gets involved and gives input whether the chapter stays or goes.

We reached out to several people at Sig Ep’s national level through email to get their input on Yale’s chapter but as of the 5 PM broadcast still no reply.

At Quinnipiac University, you will see a Greek life presence, just no homes at all, just events. They feel this system means fewer issues like the most recent at Yale.

“I think anytime you have large groups of students living off campus together it provides some difficulty in sort of seeing what’s going on, getting access to the members, so I think keeping students on campus in different ways is really helpful,” said Courtney McKenna, Quinnipiac Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

As far as Yale goes , the offer still stands to sit down with News 8 and discuss how they regulate the Greeks that call Yale University home.

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