IFC imposes freeze on KU fraternity life

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LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) — The organization that oversees Greek life at the University of Kansas is freezing all activities for the 24 fraternities it governs.

The Interfraternity Council announced the self-imposed move Monday morning. Fraternities will only be allowed to hold chapter meetings, philanthropic events, and service events.

"It has become clear there are significant and systemic conduct problems in the IFC community that we must address, and we must address them now," IFC President Daniel Lee.

The IFC says, in light of recent investigations of the fraternities by their respective national organizations or the university, they want to find ways to strengthen oversight and tackle any behavioral issues. The body plans to use the freeze to create a strategic plan that raises standards for:

  • Health;
  • Safety;
  • Wellness;
  • Self-governance;
  • New member development, and;
  • Recruitment

"This freeze is a way for us to pause and do some honest introspection about who we are and how we can live up to our standards of fraternal excellence," Lee added.

The temporary freeze does not have a set end date at this time. The IFC says they will work with the university to figure out how long it should stay in effect and what it will take to lift it. Lee called the end of the Spring semester a "reasonable goal."

The IFC noted freezes are "increasingly common" on campuses nationwide. They pointed out freezes have occurred recently at:

  • Indiana University;
  • University of Idaho;
  • Florida State University;
  • Penn State University;
  • The Ohio State University;
  • University of Michigan, and;
  • Texas State University.