UNCC addresses Greek life in wake of more controversies

UNCC encouraging positive Greek life behavior

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- With negative issues popping up in Greek life nationally, NBC Charlotte reached out to UNCC to see how they monitor fraternity and sorority activity.

Friday, the associate director of fraternity and sorority life Bonny Shade pointed to recent Greek mishaps nationally and reminded organization presidents of their important role.

"Our students will 95 percent of time come to us with what happened," said Shade.

Shade said the best deterrent of issues is getting out information to recruits before they're immersed in college life.

"Educational programming, diversity programming, hazing risk reduction, alcohol education, sexual assault prevention programming," said Shade.

Shade reinforced the campus code of conduct and said even though free speech is encouraged Greek members should take the high road, especially on social media.

Marie Vandevrede leads a sorority on campus and wants the public perception of Greek life to change for the better.

"It's hugely influential and can be so positive as seen through our acts of service, our acts of influence on this campus," said Vandevrede.

Byron Harris leads a fraternity at UNCC and says the extra attention ups the responsibility of members to hold one another accountable.

"So we are always being watched so everything that we do needs to be monitored not only by ourselves but by other brothers as well," said Harris.

Shade says Greek organizations must comply with 14 basic guidelines set by the university. Some of those guidelines require groups to participate in information programs for hazing, alcohol, and sexual assault.

"Once they're educated we know we can have those deeper level conversations regarding those issues," said Shade.

Shade said in last year UNCC expanded its hazing policy; broadening restrictions and setting consequences and reporting protocol.


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