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ECU chancellor creates task force to examine Greek Life

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In the wake of a fifth Greek Life house being shut down in a little more than a year, East Carolina University Chancellor Cecil Staton announced Wednesday the creation of a 16-member task force to analyze Greek Life at the university and offer recommendations to improve that community.

“Greek organizations on college campuses nationwide are dealing with issues such as hazing-related deaths, incidents of sexual assault and alcohol and drug related infractions. ECU is neither exempt nor immune from this,” said Staton.

The announcement comes after the national chapter of the Alpha Phi sorority revealed late last week that it had suspended the ECU chapter of Alpha Pi pending an investigation by both the national chapter and the university.

Before that, four fraternities -- Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Delta Chi, Tau Kappa Epsilon and Sigma Phi Epsilon -- were shuttered -- some for four years and others indefinitely.

According to ECU's Greek Life Chapter Status file, 10 fraternities or sororities are currently in the midst of some level of suspension or indefinite closure.

“Greek organizations on college campuses nationwide are dealing with issues such as hazing-related deaths, incidents of sexual assault and alcohol and drug related infractions. ECU is neither exempt nor immune from this,” Staton said in a press release. “As ECU’s chancellor, I recognize the importance of having a healthy, vibrant thriving Greek life community. Greek life is an important aspect of campus life for many Pirates and because of that, I think it is appropriate for us to further examine Greek life on our campus – where we are and where we’d like to be."

The 16-member board features alumni, current students, faculty and various community leaders. It is tasked with conducting interviews, town halls and more and is slated to deliver a final report back to Staton by Dec. 14.

Members of the task force are as follows:

Co-chairs:

· Bob Plybon of Greensboro, CEO of Plybon & Associates, ECU alumnus, member of ECU Board of Trustees

· Kandie Smith of Greenville, member of the Greenville City Council and & immediate past president and social action chair of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority

Members:

· Rhys Collins of Cary, ECU student and president of the Interfraternity Council

· Katy Houser of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ECU student and president of the Panhellenic Association

· Jeff Foster of Greenville, Pitt County Superior Court judge and member of ECU Board of Visitors

· Kelly Joyner of Greenville, ECU alumna and local advisor to Alpha Delta Pi sorority

· Carolina Juanico-Cela of Winston-Salem, ECU student and president of the Multicultural Greek Council

· Jordan Koonts of Raleigh, ECU student, president of ECU Student Government Association

· Vonta Leach of Fayetteville, ECU alumnus, former ECU and NFL football player, member of Omega Psi Phi

· Fielding Miller of Raleigh, CEO of CAPTRUST, ECU alumnus, member of ECU Board of Trustees

· KJ Staton of Greenville, ECU student and president of the National Panhellenic Council

· Jon Barnwell, chief of ECU Police

· John Mountz, director of Greek life at ECU

· Doug Schneider, ECU professor in the College of Business and faculty advisor to Alpha Delta Pi sorority

· Catherine Staton, Greek life advocate

· Megan Ayers, assistant secretary to the Board of Trustees.

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