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Penn State: New Safety Initiatives for Greek-Letter Organizations

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Penn State: New Safety Initiatives for Greek-Letter Organizations

The safety of our students and campus community is of paramount importance. Hazing, dangerous drinking, sexual assault and overly large gatherings are complex issues that vex colleges and universities nationwide. The measures announced June 2 build upon more than a decade of efforts focused on addressing these issues.

New Measures
June 2017

Among the measures announced June 2:
— Transition to deferred recruitment
— Penn State takes over misconduct process
— Hazing involving alcohol or physical abuse results in permanent ban
— Social restrictions (permanently)
— Continued monitoring

Earlier this year
— Increased enforcement
— Deferred recruitment for freshmen, fall 2017
— Cap on socials
— No hard liquor, no kegs
— Trained, certified alcohol servers
— University introduced spot-check monitoring
— Permanent ban of Beta Theta Pi

Decade-long commitment

— Penn State Sexual Misconduct Climate Survey
— Bystander intervention program

— Collegiate Recovery Community

— Alcohol banned in residence halls
— Medical amnesty
— Mandatory Greek-life education on alcohol, sexual assault and hazing
— Notify parents of underage drinking violations involving their student

— Substance-free housing

— Required alcohol education for first-year students
— Mandatory alcohol education in new student orientation
— Parent alcohol education

Earlier initiatives
This timeline is a small sampling of the actions taken by Penn State over many years to educate students and curb dangerous drinking and misconduct.

History of Action
When Penn State has been alerted to allegations of hazing, the University takes immediate action to investigate and impose significant sanctions. Multiple organizations have been suspended for these behaviors in the past decade.

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