Without seeking input or discussion with impacted students, Slippery Rock University has announced that beginning in fall 2020 it will restrict access to one campus experience by deferring fraternity recruitment for first year students. Students should have the opportunity to join fraternities, or any organization, at the time that they feel is best for their development. On hundreds of campuses, students join fraternities at any time and have a successful experience that provides men with a sense of community and a support network that helps facilitate a stronger transition to the collegiate experience.
As we have previously done with other campus partners, including recently at California State University Long Beach, we wish to partner to find a mutually agreeable resolution that continues to enhance the fraternity experience.
Research shows the stress of first-year students stems from a sense of loneliness and that close friendships such as those created through the fraternity experience promote positive mental health, increase retention and maximize persistence to college graduation. Now, more than ever, there is an urgent need for such experiences. As all campuses navigate their plans for the fall semester, opportunities that provide these outcomes while adhering to public health guidance should be encouraged.
Millions of fraternity men stand united with the students at Slippery Rock in support of the rights of college students to seek positive, enriching fraternal bonds at any time.
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