During their meeting on Monday evening, the Interfraternity and Panhellenic councils at Washington State University voted to ban all social events in the Greek community for the remaining five weeks of the semester.
As the Associated Students of Washington State University, we commend both councils on their courageous and positive action against a variety of issues that plague college campuses across the nation. This decision was entirely student led and we are proud of those student leaders for taking proactive action before the university was forced to.
This moratorium is not a permanent solution, but a courageous step in the right direction. ASWSU stands behind both the Panhellenic and Interfraternity councils and will be working with both parties to support and aide them in finding solutions to make the Greek community stronger. By collaborating ideas we, as student leaders, commit to making an action plan that will go into effect next semester.
One specific way that ASWSU will be partnering with the Greek community during this moratorium and the semester to follow is through our It’s On Cougs campaign. The goal of the campaign is to incite intellectually-stimulated conversation around consent by facilitating focus groups, programming, weeks of awareness, and working with other groups on campus to put together informational videos, panels, and community outreach.
It’s On Cougs has been working closely with community partners such as Alternatives to Violence of the Palouse, Green Dot, and WSU Police Department to plan programmings for Greek students throughout the course of the Spring semester and will commit to being a resource and support for Greek leadership and members throughout the entirety of the moratorium.
Please contact the Director of It’s On Cougs, Kelsey Phariss, or Director of Communication, Mitchell Weholt with any questions you may have. Their emails are listed below:
Mitchell Weholt: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kelsey Phariss: email@example.com