“After the bylaws were written (in 2010), they were written with a bad burden of proof,” Partain said. “We weren’t able to prosecute issues that needed to be prosecuted.”
Partain referred to a summer recruiting violation that took place last year. He said the old bylaws’ burden of proof was too high and therefore the incident did not result in a sanction from the Greek judicial board.
“We realized that was a problem,” he said. “It was not an effective system.”
During the summer of 2010, the IFC worked with alumni to rewrite the Greek judicial board bylaws.
Matt Miller, who was co-chairman of the judicial board following the death of Delta Kappa Epsilon President Courtland Smith, said after Smith’s death the Fraternity Alumni Association increased its involvement by participating in meetings to preempt “destructive action.”
“They reformed the system to avoid University interference,” said Miller, who is also a member of The Daily Tar Heel’s editorial board.
“The alumni felt that they were in a better position to make the changes in a reaction from this one unfortunate incident,” he said.
Academic standards and community involvement were the topic of discussion in hours of meetings. The Board of Trustees also discussed reform, Miller said.
“Things as extreme as separating from the University were mentioned,” he said.
Since Partain became president last fall, there have been no prosecutions. There is currently one case under review.
Co-chairman of the Greek judicial board Will Lindsey said the major change recently is the burden of proof.
“We have a blank slate this year,” Lindsey said. “We have a lot of committed guys.”
“I don’t think the past rulings will create precedent for what we do in the future because the process is so different,” Lindsey said.
Lindsey stressed that the board will have more self-governance and representation of chapters in the future.
“We’re a big promoter of self-governance,” he said.
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