WHEREAS, Vanderbilt University strives to be a leading learning institution where achieving equity, diversity and inclusion are its highest priorities[1], and where the health, safety, and security of students are of primary concern to Vanderbilt University[2]; and,

WHEREAS, Vanderbilt Student Government affirmed its commitment to unity, diversity, inclusivity, opportunity, equality, and the dignity of each individual person, in addition to promoting a more equal and compassionate community on campus in Resolution 16-17-10; and,

WHEREAS, the Greek Interfraternity Council and National Panhellenic Council organizations consist of an estimated 13.4 percent of the student body as of Fall 2020[3] and enjoys special privileges in the Vanderbilt community, such as housing through 25 Vanderbilt University owned houses on Greek Row[4]; and,

WHEREAS, the National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) organizations have already been consolidated into one house and are distinct from IFC and NPC organizations in their history and mission[5]; and,

WHEREAS, the Bidecadal Faculty Senate Task Force on Greek Life, in their 2016 report, found that “A lack of diversity exists within the ranks of Greek Life members” and that “This lack of diversity transpires racial and economic lines as Greek Life members are white Caucasian and are… less likely to demonstrate no financial need... compared to unaffiliated students”[6]; and

WHEREAS, the Faculty Senate task force also found that “Greek Life members tend to drink more alcohol and use marijuana more frequently than unaffiliated students” in addition to Vanderbilt acknowledging that time’s for High-Risk drinking during the Academic Year include “During fraternity rush/recruitment, Bid Day or Night, Semi-formals and Formals”[7]; and

WHEREAS, the report urged Vanderbilt University to ensure “Greek Row become more aligned with on-campus residential life and less similar to off-campus living” and also urged Greek Life to “contribute toward solutions that reduce irresponsible drinking on campus” and “contribute solutions toward solving the campus-wide problems of sexual assault, which is very strongly correlated with alcohol abuse”[8]; and

WHEREAS, the report lastly mentioned that “If the Greek community fulfills their obligations for leadership and is welcoming to all of Vanderbilt’s many demographically distinct communities, then it will continue to merit the special privileges that are now given to it”[9]; and,

WHEREAS, the results of Vanderbilt’s Campus Climate Survey found that 28 percent of Undergraduates that reported they were victims of sexual assault and/or sexual misconduct were in Fraternity houses[10]; and,

WHEREAS, the results of Vanderbilt’s 2019 AAU Survey on Sexual Assault and Misconduct, found that, of the undergraduates who experienced nonconsensual sexual misconduct, 11.2 percent reported that it happened in a fraternity house, and of the undergraduate women who experienced unwanted sexual touching, 20.5 percent reported it happening within a fraternity house[11], and

WHEREAS, of the undergraduate men who experienced nonconsensual sexual misconduct such as nonconsensual penetration or sexual touching, 12.1 percent of men reported that it happened in a fraternity house[12]; and,

WHEREAS, fraternity houses were the second most common location for being sexually violated, after university residence halls and dorms, representing a disproportionate amount of assaults[13]; and,

WHEREAS, the national headquarters of Greek organizations can set behavioral rules for houses inconsistent with the values of the Vanderbilt community, including some NPC organizations’ policies that discriminatorily ban men from their house and forbid drinking in the house because of archaic, sexist standards for women’s behavior, while IFC organizations’ face no such limitations[14]; and,

WHEREAS, over 1300 students, alumni, faculty, parents and community members have signed an open letter led by Abolish Greek Life at Vanderbilt to the Vanderbilt University administration calling for the permanent elimination of all IFC and NPC organizations[15]; and,

WHEREAS, the Abolish Vanderbilt Greek Life Instagram account contains numerous stories of individuals both within and outside of IFC and NPC housed organizations feeling uncomfortable, harassed, hazed, and assaulted within Greek houses[16]; and,

WHEREAS, Vanderbilt University’s statement in response to this movement stated that “No student should be made to feel unwelcome or unsafe on our campus”[17]; and,

WHEREAS, the Delta Kappa Epsilon Chapter at Vanderbilt was closed recently by their national organization due to alleged violations of Fraternity Standards on Associate Member education, social event management, and hazing[18]; and,

WHEREAS, the Alpha Omega Pi Chapter at Vanderbilt is scheduled to close at the end of the Spring 2021 semester due to declining numbers “despite years promoting extensive involvement, inclusivity, and genuine sisterhood”[19]; and,

WHEREAS, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Chapter at Vanderbilt was suspended until 2023 by the Interfraternity Council Formal Accountability Board due to hazing and risk management violations[20]; and,

WHEREAS, undergraduate women in Greek Housing also suffer a more extreme experience with sexual assault and misconduct, with women in Greek housing having a 45 percent incidence rate of nonconsensual sexual contact such as penetration or touching, compared to 21 percent incidence rate among non-affiliated Undergraduate women[21]; and,

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