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Miami University Rolls Out Fraternity Reform, but ...

Miami University Rolls Out Fraternity Reform, but Is it Enough?

After a troubling year for fraternities at Miami University, the college has announced their plans to restructure how Greek life is managed.

With three frats suspended and more under probation for hazing or drug and alcohol violations, these are pressing concerns. The measures are varied: chapters will have more frequent meetings with faculty advisors, undergo online hazing prevention training, and face further accountability from peer interfraternity organizations.

These are promising changes, and it’s entirely possible that they’ll be enough to course-correct the school’s fraternities. There’s certainly an atmosphere of urgency at the moment: Cameron Snyder, the Interfraternity Council President, has described the current approach as “trying to proactively address these issues… It’s a little bit brutal and a little bit in your face, but we need to be that way.” But by relying on many of the same oversight strategies as they have in the past, it could well be business as usual.

What do you think? Do you live in the Greek system? Do you like how it’s run?

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About Stewart Finnegan

In a perfect world, I’d be a professor who teaches poetry using episodes of mediocre sci-fi procedurals, but for now, I’m just a tutor who watches a lot of TV. I got my BA from Kalamazoo College in English with a focus on creative writing, and someday soon I’d like to go back to academia.

Most of my formal teaching training was as a creative writing TA, but I’ve used those skills professionally more to tutor math and write data entry training materials. And though I’d like to focus my work on what I’m really passionate about (which is Netflix binges and outdated video games, mostly), it’s the craft of teaching and writing that keeps me coming back. That’s why I’m excited to be a part of High Faluter: I’m finding that academia doesn’t just stay in academia. And if I can bring crappy midbrow entertainment into academia too, well, all the better. You can find me on Twitter: @StewartFinnegan