TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Greek life will look a bit different for the foreseeable future at Indiana State as a moratorium has been placed on fraternity and sorority activities.
Andy Morgan, Interim Vice President of Student Affairs issued a letter Wednesday to all ISU fraternities and sororities mandating that all “recruitment, intake, new member activities and in-person organization activities” be on a moratorium to help stop the spread of COVID-19. He noted virtual recruitment is included in the moratorium.
Morgan cited the high percentage of ISU fraternity and sorority members on isolation and quarantine as the reason behind the decision.
“This is not an easy decision, but it is important for student safety,” Morgan said. “Past behavior is a predictor of future behavior. Historically, large numbers of new students join our fraternities and sororities in the first several weeks of the fall semester. Once recruitment or intake is complete, these new members will want to gather with current members from their organization and other organizations. These gatherings will more than likely spread COVID-19, thus the reason for this moratorium.”
Morgan noted fraternity and sorority members will be able to work with council and organization leaders on how to safely resume activities later this academic year.
Indiana University today also dealt with an alarming increase in positivity rates among students living in fraternity and sorority housing, asking students living in these environments to re-evaluate whether this is where they want to continue living. Mitigation testing positivity rates in some houses are now above 50 percent.