New Study To Focus On Hazing, Alcohol Abuse, Sexual Violence On Campus

A big part of college for many is Greek life. Now a new study is focusing on some of the problems that are associated with fraternities and sororities.

The North American Interfraternity Conference, representing 75 international and national fraternities, has finalized three committees to study hazing, alcohol abuse and sexual violence on college campuses. 35 organizations at East Carolina University are represented by the conference.

We spoke to members of Greek life who say there's a stigma about fraternities, including drinking and hazing.

"Everywhere in college people drink," says Senior Alex Stackhouse, a Phi Kappa Alpha. "Your friends are going to peer pressure you to drink if you go out, whether you're in a fraternity, sorority."

Chris Stansbury, ECU's Director of Marketing and Communications for Student Affairs, says the study should help.

"They're trying to empower our offices of Greek life with more statistics, more information and more education," says Stansbury. "So this is something we embrace. We look forward to this type of study being done because it's going to help us."

ECU has a "no hazing" tolerance policy on campus and investigates one to three hazing incidents each year.


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