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UO will now handle fraternity and sorority student conduct code violations

The University of Oregon is cutting fraternity and sorority members out of the process of enforcing the student conduct code.

The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life informed its members of the change via email on Tuesday.

The FSL judicial board, a body composed of fraternity and sorority members advised by Director of Fraternity Life Justin Shukas, was originally granted authority to investigate conduct code violations up to probation. The board will now only deal with with council violations.

The Judicial Board was created in 2010. Its primary function is to deal with violations within the Panhellenic and Interfraternity councils.

These councils are national governing boards that regulate activities within Fraternity and Sorority Life.

The Division of Student Life in the Dean of Students Office has always dealt with the process of removing a chapter. The judicial board has never had that authority, said Sandy Weintraub, director of Student Conduct & Community Standards.

The Office of Student Conduct & Community Standards will now investigate, charge, and sanction chapters for violations of the University of Oregon Student Conduct Code.

Shukas said the change will decrease the possibility of a conflict of interest. He also said that these policy updates have been in the works for a few years.

Recent recommendations from University of Oregon Faculty Senate and the President’s Review Panel on sexual assault have led to the process being expedited.

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Lauren Garetto

Lauren Garetto