As leaders inside the FSL (Fraternity and Sorority Life) neighborhood we felt it essential to answer the opinion piece authored by the Day by day’s Editorial Board. To start with, we largely agree. The social alternatives together with events, philanthropic occasions, and non-alcoholic occasions hosted by FSL organizations ought to solely be a small a part of the alternatives out there to Stanford college students. We concur that internet hosting any occasion is at the moment far too tough, and we sit up for the modifications promised by the administration to streamline the method. We’d additionally prefer to state unequivocally that the first purpose lots of our occasions will not be as inclusive as we want is immediately pushed by the actions and insurance policies of the College, not our need to exclude our fellow college students.
The Greek system has performed an outsized function in our conversations concerning the challenges of social life on Stanford campus. Being typically over-represented as a hero, and sometimes unfairly portrayed because the villain. It’s to this final level that we want to right a few of the misrepresentations incessantly made and echoed by the Editorial Board.
The primary is variety and exclusion. Our FSL neighborhood is observationally among the many most numerous within the nation. Now we have been working with the administration to attempt to acquire information that we will publish to tell the neighborhood and potential new members. Each chapter will not be good, however all wish to enhance. In help of financial variety, Stanford has the Alternative Fund that allocates 16% of its sources to FLI college students who acknowledge the FSL neighborhood as an elevating platform for them, however whereas this useful resource is tremendously appreciated it’s dwarfed by the necessity of the various FSL members who don’t match the rich stereotypes. To incorporate these college students lots of our chapters have created alumni led funds to help the expertise. This coupled with dues properly under the nationwide common place Stanford’s FSL neighborhood amongst the nation’s most accessible.
It’s true now we have a selective course of for selecting new members. Nobody enjoys selective processes whether or not it’s selecting a College, becoming a member of a sports activities staff, matching to a medical residency, or discovering a job. It’s each about sources and assuring the standard of an expertise. There’s at the moment a bigger disconnect between the coed demand for a housed FSL expertise and the flexibility to supply that have than has ever existed. Our housed organizations are bigger than they’ve ever been in Stanford’s historical past. For a lot of of them there are extra members residing exterior of the home than in it. For the second 12 months in a row regardless of taking file sized lessons of latest members, there have been virtually as many individuals that we couldn’t take into the system as joined. This once more is a matter of sources and coverage that we don’t management. We’ll proceed to advocate for extra chapters and extra housing to develop the expertise to the rising variety of college students who need it.
In response to the issues about security, we want to state unequivocally that the Stanford neighborhood ought to try to create an setting the place non-consensual contact by no means happens, and the FSL neighborhood is aware of we will be a part of the answer. We’ve inbuilt coaching for our members, displays at our events, reporting hotlines, and codes of conduct for members and company. With that mentioned, we really feel the Editorial Board misrepresented the info of their piece. Within the linked reference we couldn’t even discover numbers to help the 47% determine given within the preliminary piece, which has since been corrected after our piece was submitted for publication. Most individuals solely learn the unique article and by no means see the corrections, that are usually not issued for items concerning Greek Life. This feeds a vicious narrative within the Stanford neighborhood. Truly, we discovered that for the incidents cited, probably the most egregious assaults have been over 5 occasions as prone to occur in a dorm and non-consensual touching was over 20% extra prone to occur in a dorm.
Lastly, we write to specific our need to be included in future conversations surrounding neighborhood enchancment. The Editorial Board didn’t contact FSL leaders to request remark earlier than authoring their piece and consequently misrepresented our neighborhood in damaging methods. We’ll by no means profess that we’re good, however it’s arduous for us to appropriately assess our shortcomings with out the chance to be included within the essential discussions about them.
We embrace the suggestions on how FSL chapters can promote extra security and variety. We decide to enacting the suggestions of the Editorial Board. However we’d respectfully ask that our neighborhood, who signify greater than 1 out of each 5 undergraduates, not be blamed for all difficult points our neighborhood faces. Stanford social life thrives when it’s pupil led and gives alternatives as numerous as the scholars. We will and will associate to make our pupil expertise higher.
Jude Reiferson ’24 (Interfraternity Council (IFC) President) and Olivia Partamian ’24 (Inter-Sorority Council (ISC) President) on behalf of the joint IFC and ISC councils