The Cal Poly fraternity and sorority leaders deserve applause for developing Students Taking Action Toward University Safety (STATUS), a 19-page plan that was approved by university administrators and successfully lifted the university’s social probation on the Greek houses holding parties. According to The Tribune’s article, (“Cal Poly ends party probation at Greek houses,” April 18), the plan focused on the most egregious negative impacts of their party culture, namely sexual assaults and dangerous hazing practices. That’s a good focus.
However, I do see an apparent omission: No details were given to improve the negative impacts parties held off-campus generate against neighborhood wellness in the city of San Luis Obispo. If, in fact, neighborhood wellness was omitted as a part of STATUS, I would hope the plan would be amended to include neighborhood wellness.
Furthermore, I’d like to recommend two more implementation details as amendments to STATUS:
(1) Have one sober monitor per 15 partygoers, and
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(2) have the university provide a safe place on campus for all social parties sponsored by Greek houses wherein drinking alcohol, and the probability of nonsober drinking, is integral to the party culture.