Jun 11, 2013 5:45 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News

Cal Poly makes changes to fraternity, sorority policies

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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