Penn State’s Interfraternity Council released a statement Thursday reporting the organization had proposed a new Greek life plan to administrators in advance of Friday’s off-cycle Board of Trustees meeting on Greek life reform.
“As student leaders, the Interfraternity Council is committed to addressing the critical issues in our community head on,” the organization’s executive board said in a statement. “The IFC has worked with alumni, national fraternities and chapter leadership to develop a plan that elevates standards, education, transparency, and oversight to enhance safety in our community.”
The statement did not reveal details on the specifics of the plan, but it’s expected the Board of Trustees will discuss the viability of the plan and its implementation during the executive session Friday morning and will outline how the university plans to move forward during the public meeting session shortly thereafter.
“We presented our plan to university administrators to discuss at their meeting and hope to work with them in partnership on implementation,” the IFC executive board said. “We believe lasting change will be best achieved through working together.”
The Board’s meeting to discuss more “significant change” to Greek life comes on the heels of charges filed against Penn State’s Beta Theta Pi fraternity chapter and 18 of its former members related to the February death of student Tim Piazza. The university has already imposed some sanctions on Greek life, including deferred recruitment for freshmen and limits on how many alcoholic social functions each organization can hold.
We’ll provide additional coverage of this story and the plan itself as more information becomes available.