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Statement from Dr. Rick Stripling, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, on Greek Life Organizational Training


A Statement from Dr. Rick Stripling, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Greek Life Organizational Training

Greek Life is a valued cornerstone of student life at Arkansas State University. Greek students are leaders within campus organizations, donate countless hours and resources to community service, and maintain high academic standards. Over the past five years, the Greek community has steadily grown, creating a lasting legacy for members and alumni. 

In response to concerns regarding a series of unrelated incidents, Arkansas State determined it was prudent to pause social activities of all Greek Life organizations. During this time, the University conducted educational training sessions emphasizing social function management, awareness of alcohol use and misuse, student conduct, Title IX, bystander intervention, and the Silent Witness Program. The purpose of these sessions was to provide a better understanding of the responsibilities and rights of our Greek chapter membership. We worked with our student leaders to expand the opportunities for participation in these sessions from two sessions to four. With the exception of a handful of excused or unavoidable individual circumstances, we are pleased that all groups complied with the attendance requirements. Based upon the response and participation of all organizations, we will allow the resumption of social activities on April 1.

As we conclude this month of education, it is our hope that Greek chapters are further prepared to host social events.  As we move forward, the University pledges a continued commitment of education and support for our Greek community. Furthermore, we recognize that the content of these presentations is applicable to all A-State students and we are discussing options for offering this type of training to the entire campus community to foster a sense of personal awareness and accountability.

William R. Stripling, Ph.D.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs