If you are a member of Greek life at Indiana University, then basic constitutional rights do not apply to you.
The university rolled out a set of rules they call the “Agreement For Housed Greek Organizations,” which was sent to TFM by an IU Greek member who asked to remain anonymous.
The agreement includes new rules that allow police to enter a Greek house whenever they want without a warrant, require all houses to have a live-in Resident Advisor, and prohibit hard alcohol. The agreement also states that while it realizes Greek houses are privately owned, independent businesses, the rules will still be put in place to “strengthen the university.”
These strict rules and regulations only apply to members of Greek life — they do not apply to any other student organization.
The agreement was debuted only 13 days before the start of the semester, making it impossible for the Greek organizations’ lawyers to dispute the rules before members move into their houses.
With 20 percent of Indiana University’s 40,000 students being members of a Greek organization, the new rules will have vast implications.
The tipster told us the Dean of Students’ staff are the ringleaders. He fears that the new rules will result in students replacing shots of vodka with hard drugs, and cause the local housing market to flood. He calls the agreement “the nail in the coffin of Greek life at Indiana University.” And it’s hard to disagree with him on that. I can see their fall semester now. Cops strolling down Greek row, barging into party after party unannounced, spotting an airplane bottle of Pink Lemonade Burnett’s a girl snuck in with her purse, and promptly shutting the fraternity down. Come this time next year, I wouldn’t be surprised to see at least half of the houses stripped of their letters.
Universities often go through Greek Purges every four years or so, but I’ve never seen such blatantly unjust legislation aimed at making it happen. I recommend IU Greeks party far, far away from the house. I know they don’t have quite the same feel, but student apartment complexes are nice. And honestly, if you want to keep your charter, that’s your best option. At least until things die down a bit.
As for the potheads who live in the Greek houses, I recommend having a brother rent a spot within walking distance. With these rules, I guarantee a cop will open the front door of the fraternity house right as you’re in the middle of a bong rip at 5 p.m. on a Tuesday. Same for other drugs.
Good luck, IU Greeks. You’ll get through it..
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