The Daily Tar Heel

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Wednesday June 7th

Greek Life

The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and Community Involvement works with student members of UNC's 56 fraternities and sororities and those living in off-campus housing. The staff provides advising, support, training, resources, programs and services, maintains communications with faculty and alumni advisors and parents, works closely with national organizations and governing bodies, organizes leadership retreats and workshops, supports the academic performance of fraternity and sorority members, and recognizes positive achievements of individuals and organizations.

UNC's Pi Lambda Phi fraternity on Little Fraternity Court on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. That Saturday night, the fraternity allegedly hosted a party despite Governor Cooper's executive order about indoor gatherings of over 10 people and the CDC guidelines surrounding COVID-19.

After three clusters and several Chapel Hill Police reports, eyes turn to Greek life

Concerns about Greek life have circulated since UNC’s leadership announced the full reopening plan in May. And now that UNC is shutting down its residence halls, all eyes are on students who remain in off-campus housing — especially those in Greek organizations. As UNC planned its Carolina Roadmap, Greek life organizations also had to assemble plans to comply with county and University COVID-19 rules. During discussions about off-campus community standards enforcement, University leaders said sorority and fraternity houses are privately owned, meaning the majority of enforcement falls to the CHPD. Police Chief Chris Blue said the volume of party-related complaints received by the Police Department in the past month has been on par with years past.

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DTH Photo Illustration adapted from original DTH photograph by Hugh Morton in 1981.

Interfraternity Council guest speaker sparks controversy for alleged misogynistic comments

On Feb. 16, UNC’s Interfraternity Council hosted an event addressing personal development and mental health that has since been criticized by student leaders as offensive, misogynistic and otherwise problematic. Keynote speaker David Hagan described his speech as "intentionally blunt, graphic and filled with profanity," designed that way to resonate with young men. But Memorial Hall staff complained the speech made them uncomfortable, and some student leaders are still pressing for more public accountability from the IFC, asking the council to apologize for the event and commit to violence prevention training.

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DTH Photo Illustration. DFSAs, or drug-facilitated sexual assaults, reportedly make up about 75% of all occurrences of sexual assault. 

Two years later: grappling with drug-facilitated sexual assault at UNC

The term “knocktail” is well-known around campus to refer to the experience of going to a cocktail and experiencing a drug-facilitated sexual assault. The Daily Tar Heel spoke to several UNC students who had experiences with knocktails at distinct fraternities.  The students said these experiences had definite impacts on their lives, including their schoolwork. Of the fraternities contacted by The Daily Tar Heel, The Sigma Nu Nationals Organization said it had no information regarding the incident, while another fraternity denied the accusations. 

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