In spite of the recent events involving Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., as well as various editorials submitted to express personal opinions, the Greek Community feels it’s necessary to dispel preconceived notions regarding membership in our organizations.
Hazing is not condoned or tolerated within any of our organizations. Failure to comply with University and Federal Laws results in swift action against the organization and its members.
Case in point: Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. lost recognition from their governing council and the university. This situation, while unfortunate, is an isolated incident and is not an accurate portrayal of the CSU Greek community. Greek organizations value rituals and traditions that their founders implemented hundreds of years ago.
None of these rituals include mental, physical or emotional abuse. We value the safety of our members and work to uphold the most positive, enjoyable and well-rounded collegiate experience.
Andy, it is unfortunate you had to endure the type of behavior you outlined in your article Monday. In addition, we’re sorry you did not experience all the positive aspects of being a Greek member.
However, you cannot speak for the CSU Greek community because you were not a Greek member here. Joining the Greek community isn’t about needing to prove you are worthy of membership. Rather, it is about participating in centuries-old rituals that bond us to one another.
We are proud of what we have to offer every member, which includes development of personal and professional skills, strong academic success, learning how to be selfless and work to better the whole of society and build lifelong friendships. This is who we are and this is what sustains our organizations year after year, decade after decade.
If you are considering joining a CSU fraternity or sorority and are concerned about hazing policies and practices, please contact Sonja Jensen, director of Greek Life in the Greek Life Office (Rm 176, the Lory Student Center).
VP of Public Relations
Colorado State University