In wake of the Indiana University Alpha Tau Omega stripper video, the school is planning to roll out a hefty “IUB Fraternity and Sorority Addendum” to their Self-Governed Student Organization Agreement.
(Side note: I understand why ATO got in trouble for that, but calling it rape? For Christ’s sake. The brother going down was not a pledge and did so on his own accord. The stripper getting eaten out had her legs wrapped around his head while the other stripper playfully smacked him on the butt. It was very clearly a consensual, good time all around. Shit gets freaky with strippers. We all know this. It’s what the treasurer pays extra for).
The most concerning part of the proposed addendum is a law that would make it legal for police to enter the house of a student organization at any time.
An IU student who wishes to remain anonymous sent us a copy of the addendum that the students received. Here’s the law, which is listed under section three, “Housed Fraternity/Sorority Organizations.”
c. Housed F/S Organizations agree that University officials, including IU Police Department officers, have the right to enter and inspect any and all rooms within Housed F/S Organization buildings at any time. Housed F/S Organizations must include the following language in its housing agreements with each member: “[Tenant] agrees that the premises of the house, including all common areas and private spaces, are subject to inspection by Indiana University officials, including IU
Police Department officers, at any time and for any reason.”
Even if a fraternity house is owned by alumni and not the university, which many of them at IU are, a cop can still barge in whenever he pleases because the house falls under the “Housed F/S Organizations” umbrella.
Keep in mind, this addendum applies only to Greek life, not the other student organizations. But going rogue is a poor option in most Greek systems. Fraternities not recognized by the university would be unable to pair with Panhellenic Sororities, which is basically a death sentence.
The proposed law directly contradicts the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution, which protects citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures unless the officer obtains a warrant from a judge.
The whole thing is yet another example of how fundamental constitutional rights no longer apply to college students under the dictatorship of a university desperately trying to preserve a squeaky clean public image..
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