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SDSU Greek Community Statement on Sexual Violence

InterFraternity Council will suspend all social activity.

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014) — The leaders of San Diego State University’s Greek community issued the following statement today regarding sexual violence on the SDSU campus.

Sexual violence is a significant issue on our campus and on college campuses across the country. As campus leaders, we are committed to ending sexual violence. We recognize that we must change attitudes and practices in our community to accomplish this goal.

Recently, it was alleged that fraternity members acted in an inappropriate and disrespectful manner toward campus community members who were participating in a Take Back the Night march. The university is currently investigating these allegations. To the extent such allegations are true, this conduct is unacceptable and does not reflect the values of the Greek community at SDSU. We do not condone this type of behavior, which has led us to the following decision.

Greek student leaders, with support from President Elliot Hirshman, Vice President of Student Affairs Eric Rivera, SDSU’s Sexual Violence Task Force and other members of the university administration, will immediately take proactive steps toward addressing this extremely serious issue and the Greek community’s role in it.

Specifically, the InterFraternity Council will voluntarily suspend all social activities in order to focus on educating its members about sexual assault prevention. The Panhellenic Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council will be providing programming and education for its members and the United Sorority and Fraternity Council will be educating all of its members on the impact sexual assault has on their diverse communities.

Every member of the Greek community will be required to undergo sexual violence and bystander training. We will all participate in events and activities that promote an end to sexual violence. Moreover, we will meet regularly with each other and administrative leaders to determine better ways to regulate ourselves and our members.

Our intention is to become leaders on this issue by bringing together our community, as well as others in the campus community, to discuss, create and implement policies and procedures in the effort to end sexual violence on our campus.

The statement was signed by J. Cole, President, Associated Students; Brittany Sidler, President, Panhellenic Council; Marc Hess, President, InterFraternity Council; Mireya Meza, President, United Sorority and Fraternity Council; and Ezinne Ofoegbu, President, National Pan-Hellenic Council.

Quote from SDSU President Elliot Hirshman

“I commend the leaders of the Greek community for recognizing our shared responsibility to end sexual violence and taking these proactive steps to address this critical issue. We must work as one community to create the substantive changes necessary to end sexual violence on our campus. The steps outlined today are the beginning of what must be a sustained effort to change attitudes, culture and actions and the university is committed to working with, and supporting, our Greek community as it pursues these essential efforts.”

Quote from Vice President of Student Affairs, Eric Rivera

“We are pleased to see the Greek community step forward and acknowledge they have an important role to play in this ongoing discussion and cultural change on our campus. We have many tools and programs already in place for them to take advantage of. And we will work collaboratively with them to support their ongoing efforts to make our campus more safe.”

About San Diego State University

San Diego State University is a major public research institution offering bachelor’s degrees in 91 areas, master’s degrees in 78 areas and doctorates in 22 areas. The university provides transformative experiences, both inside and outside of the classroom, for its 35,000 students. Students participate in research, international experiences, sustainability and entrepreneurship initiatives, and a broad range of student life and leadership opportunities. The university’s rich campus life features opportunities for students to participate in, and engage with, the creative and performing arts, a Division I athletics program and the vibrant cultural life of the San Diego region. For more information, visit www.sdsu.edu.

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