From the community: the committee publishes the official report of the investigation into Greek life
Dear Stanford Community,
In the fall of 2020, the Stanford University Undergraduate Associate Student Senate (ASSU) voted to pass A resolution support the relocation of Greek IFC / ISC organizations on campus. Following the adoption of the resolution, the ASSU executive at the time established a special committee on Greek life. in charge of develop a survey that would assess the overall opinions and attitudes of undergraduates towards Greek life.
The Greek Life Committee consisted of two co-chairs of ASSU senators, two members of Abolish Stanford Greek Life, one representative from IFC, one representative from ISC and consultant members from Stanford administration. Together, over the course of several months, the committee worked diligently to produce a comprehensive, impartial and forward-looking investigation to capture the feelings of the students both on the concerns existing within the Greek system and the areas of potential growth.
The Greek Life Committee launched the survey on Tuesday April 6 and received 2,538 (~ 35%) responses. Respondents were diverse and largely reflected the demographics of the Stanford community.
At a high level, the main lessons to be learned from the results are:
- There is a broad consensus that Something must change with the Greek Inter-Brotherhood Council and Inter-Sorority Council system with 83% of respondents preferring to reform, dislodge or abolish it. That being said, opinions differ among respondents as to which way to go.
- A small majority (58%) of those polled is in favor of losing some or all of their housing privileges, or Stanford’s ban of the Greek IFC and ISC systems.
- Those who preferred to modify / remove their accommodation or ban the Greek IFC / ISC system were largely unaffiliated with the Greek system and on average had less interactions with the Greek IFC / ISC system. However, those who severed their affiliation with Greek life were also broadly in favor of the housing modification / removal or ban.
- Many people in favor of maintaining the system (and perhaps reforming some aspects of it) recognized the current issues (e.g. community that Greek life brings and worried about what would happen to the scene. social policy already contested on campus if there was a housing removal or ban (including concern that this would simply move Greek life off campus and make it more exclusive).
- Many people in favor of the housing removal / modification or the ban feared that the exclusivity of Greek life and the benefits that flow from it were unfair and inconsistent with Stanford’s commitment to fairness and fairness. inclusion, worried about the “primacy” in the social scene offered to Greek communities, and worried about what they see as toxic privilege and dangerous social norms within Greek communities.
- Respondents in all areas were particularly concerned about the high rates of sexual violence within Greek communities.
- Interviewees expressed great frustration at what they perceived to be an inadequate social scene at Stanford, and their constructive suggestions were shared with the Stanford administration.
We appreciate that you take the time to understand the results of the survey and welcome any comments and comments you may have. You can find a more complete breakdown of responses here.
Jonathan and Lenny