Posted: Jun 11, 2013 2:45 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News
Cal Poly announced Tuesday several changes to policies concerning fraternities and sororities.
Under the changes, fraternities and sororities will have to register their off-campus parties with the university. New members will also be required to participate in health and wellness programs, which will include education on alcohol safety, anti-hazing and sexual assault awareness. The fraternity and sorority chapters will participate in a student review process, and they will commit to establishing more chapters at the university to give students more options.
Cal Poly says it has also agreed to again allow first-year male students to join fraternities during their first quarter on campus. This practice was barred in 2010 following the death of Carson Starkey, a Cal Poly freshman who died in Fall 2008 in an alcohol-related hazing incident.
Cal Poly consulted with Aware Awake Alive, a non-profit organization founded by Starkey's family to provide alcohol education, about the policy changes.
The new policies will be phased in over a three-year period beginning Fall quarter 2013.
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