December 10, 2014
Texas Tech University's Task Force on Greek Organization Culture presented its initial findings and recommendations to President M. Duane Nellis on Monday following an extensive and thorough evaluation of organizational policies and procedures throughout the fall semester.
The task force identified six key categories, containing 29 interim and long-term recommendations: new member experiences, leadership development, responsible social events, accountability and reporting, stakeholder communications, and staffing and resources. Each category is presented more in-depth within the Interim Report of the Texas Tech Task Force on Greek Organization Culture, which is located on the task force website.
“Dr. (Juan) Muñoz and the task force's recommendations offer much-needed enhancements to our current policies and procedures, and I applaud them for their effort to this point,” Nellis said. “And, while these recommendations will be implemented immediately, they are the first phase of our efforts. 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.”
Charged by Nellis and Texas Tech University System Chancellor Robert Duncan in early October with reviewing the university's policies, procedures and education programs pertaining to Greek organizations on campus, the task force held five meetings, each featuring speakers and reports from various department and campus organization leaderships.
“The group was thoughtful in its review of the many diverse perspectives and expectations of fraternity and sorority life,” Muñoz said. “The interim report contains recommendations that will provide a strong foundation for continued work in the spring semester and provide opportunities to engage other stakeholders in these ongoing efforts to improve the fraternity and sorority culture at Texas Tech University.”
The task force based its recommendations on noticeable themes that emerged during the meetings. Among the issues were the absence of consistent guidelines and sanctions for misbehavior; recurring violations of recruitment policies and procedures; lack of skill building and leadership development among Greek members; alcohol use and abuse; and sexual misconduct.
“Our task now is to methodically and assertively implement the identified recommendations, while continuing to meet and refine our proactive steps to ensure a Greek culture that is consistent with the high values and traditions of Texas Tech,” said Dr. Amy Murphy, dean of students and task force member.