UCF may restore Greek life following suspensions

UCF may restore Greek life following suspensions over alleged hazing

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The University of Central Florida is giving fraternities and sororities a chance to resume normal activities on the UCF campus after halting Greek life since February. Each individual fraternity and sorority has the chance to make their case to a UCF Administrator during a series of hearings that will run until April 1st.

UCF Spokesman Chad Binette says each organization will have a written series of questions and get a 40 minute presentation to describe how they plan to conduct themselves in the future.

"We certainly recognize the need for a culture change when it comes to alcohol and hazing in our Greek community. We're confident that this approach will help us get there."

The students we talked to at the student union seem to be ready to give Greek organizations another chance.

"I think Greeks deserve an opportunity for an active life," said Stu, a junior at the university. "I think we need better education, and like drug and alcohol reeducation and re-familiarization."

"They should just emphasize no hazing," said Kristin, a senior.  "Try to make it a positive experience for all of the people that come into the group."

Binette says UCF is not interested in shutting down Greek life forever on campus.

"No, our goal is to emerge from this with a stronger Greek community."

Things came to a head with the university when Sigma Chi was accused of hazing and allowing underage drinking during an initiation get together with pledges.  Each fraternity and sorority should find out before the end of the semester if they will be allowed to resume normal activities on campus.

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