Opinion | Community Advancement Program aims to hold Greek community to higher standards
Published: Thursday, September 13, 2012
Updated: Thursday, September 13, 2012 21:09
After nearly three years of task force and committee meetings and recommendations, Miami University’s Greek community is setting out to raise its standards with the implementation of its new Community Advancement Program.
The Fraternity and Sorority Coalition Assessment Project recommends that Miami’s Greek community develop shared community standards. The Cliff Alexander office took recommendations from various task forces and merged them with the Miami’s already-existing Greek awards program to develop the Community Advancement Program.
The new program consists of keeping updated rosters and records, programs and events chapters are required to put on, individualized strategies for chapters to hold themselves accountable to certain standards as well as a requirement that 50 percent of a chapter must be involved in another student organization on campus.
The editorial board of The Miami Student feels that this is a step in the right direction for the Greek community at Miami. Due to events over the past few years, the image of Greek life needs to be improved and this program could be the improvement.
However, the board also worried that new rules might not change the behavior or actions of a few individuals. A rulebook can lay out expectations and standards, but members may choose not to follow those guidelines. This won’t be the savior from all of Greek life’s problems.
The Greek community is a strong one but it needs standards. If members of the community want the national recognition and the privileges that come with Greek life, they need to meet the higher standards that come with that recognition.
Although changes or improvements may not be seen right away, the program is a good effort on behalf of all those involved with the Greek community.
We should continue to reward those who meet the standards and are doing well, and try to make sure everyone involved in any organization is being held accountable to these standards.