University of Oregon Rethinks Fraternity and Sorority Expansion


In light of recent incidents of sexual violence on the University of Oregon campus and upon the release of the results from the “Twenty Students Per Week Report,” school officials have decided to halt plans to expand the amount of sororities and fraternities.

The report earned its name due to the frequency in which students experience either an attempted or completed sexual assault on one of Oregon’s college campuses. The report shows that members of fraternities are the most likely to commit an act of sexual assault while sorority members are at twice the risk of being victimized as other students.

The university has set up a task force to address these issues, which has resulted in some recommendations directed at the school’s top administrative staff. The task force has urged the school to begin funding for self-defense training courses, open a specific office that will tend to the reported assault cases and change some of the existing policies on campus.

Carol Stabile is part of the University of Oregon task force as well as a journalism and women’s studies professor. She delivered the list of suggestions to university officials and stated, “Preventing sexual violence will involve changing the culture of the university at all levels.”

If the University of Oregon follows recommendations of the appointed task force, they will join a very small number of colleges that are taking drastic measures to combat on campus sexual violence. The number of schools participating in these changes is growing, though, which has the potential to really make a difference in the alarming statistics that are dominating higher education news headlines as of late.

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