Greek organizations relocated

Lauren Gorla

Seven service-based sororities and fraternities in the United Greek Council will be moving from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Relations to the Office of Student Activities at the end of this semester.

Splitting up the council and having some as student organizations, the groups are still fraternities and sororities, the only change will be to whom the organizations report to, Jessica Turuc, interim director of Fraternity and Sorority Relations, said.

The seven organizations that are relocating are three service-based organizations, Alpha Phi Omega, Gamma Sigma Sigma and Omega Phi Alpha, two music-based organizations, Phi Mu Alpha sinfonia and Sigma Alpha Iota, one Christian sorority, Alpha Delta Chi, and one Eagle Scout fraternity, Epsilon Tau Pi.

“They all have a specific focus that is still in the lines of brotherhood and sisterhood and having that support system on campus, but it’s a little separate from our social Greek organizations,” Turuc said.

Originally, these seven organizations fell under the Office of Student Activities but moved to the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Relations two years ago because of a change in the offices.

“We recently, as the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Relations, moved from reporting to the Dean of Students Office to the Office of Student Activities. Now everybody is protected by that Title Nine,” Turuc said.

Title IX is a part of the Education Amendments of 1972 that protect university athletic teams by maintaining a balance between men’s and women’s teams but also protects the rights of fraternities and sororities to have gender-specific membership.

Turuc said, “The reason the move was made in 2011 to have the organizations part of our office was to protect all of the organizations on our campus, all forty of them, that are social Greek-lettered organizations.”

The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Relations and the Office of Student Activities discussed the move for a few weeks during this semester. The two offices looked at what would be the best way for GSU to support these organizations, Turuc said.

Turuc said that this amount of movement is not typical of all universities and this will hopefully be the last time it will happen.