- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 10, 2014

LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) - A task force at Texas Tech University says a lack of oversight and regulation in Greek life contributes to offenses that include hazing, alcohol abuse and sexual misconduct, a report released Wednesday showed.

The task force says initiatives being explored include sexual assault and alcohol responsibility training, sanctions for misbehavior by individuals, fraternities and sororities, and the creation of an advisory board to oversee compliance.

The group was formed a few months ago after pictures taken at a September Phi Delta Theta fraternity party and posted online showed a banner that read, “No means yes, yes means anal (sex).” Another image from the same off-campus party showed a sprinkler attached to a large cutout shaped like a woman’s spread legs.

Texas Tech president Duane Nellis said in a release that the recommendations provide “much-need enhancements” to current policies and procedures.

“And, while these recommendations will be implemented immediately, they are the first phase of our efforts,” he said. “The task force will continue to meet during the spring semester and continue to evaluate and criticize our processes until we are satisfied we have made significant improvements for the future of our organizations.”

Identified in the report were six categories, containing 29 interim and long-term recommendations, including new member experiences, leadership development, responsible social events, accountability and reporting, stakeholder communications, and staffing and resources.

All Greek organizations must have Lubbock-based advisers who are required to attend training and regularly attend Greek groups’ meetings. The number of advisers will be based on the number of members in a fraternity or sorority.

Task force chairman Juan S. Munoz said in the news release from the school that the report’s recommendations provide a “strong foundation.”

The task force “was thoughtful in its review of the many diverse perspectives and expectations of fraternity and sorority life,” he said.

In October, Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity removed 29 members of Texas Tech fraternity because of the banner. The chapter’s charter also was placed in escrow and remaining members were told to perform 10,000 hours of service to rape crisis and sexual assault prevention organizations.

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