According to the new ordinance, a "nuisance party" is defined basically as a social gathering that breaks the law. At the meeting where the ordinance was passed, much of the blame fell upon members of the University's Greek community.
The Inter-Fraternity Council VP of public relations, Chris Winn said, "It's really easy to peg these people as fraternity members, because obviously, we're a school where Greek life is pretty prominent, it's about 11 percent of the campus."
IFC president Kevin Ruiz says there's much more to the story, and more investigation to be done.
"One, are the students ours? Are they University students? Second, do they have Greek letters appropriately displayed? That is, are they members of an organization recognized by the school, or one not recognized by the school?"
Both Ruiz and Winn stressed that members of Greek organizations are held to a strict code of conduct, both on and off campus.
Winn said, "Fraternities and sororities are values-based organizations, and we vow to be excellent, and do it in a moral or ethical way, whether it's socially excellent, academically excellent, or, just anything we do on campus."
Ruiz says that at the end of the day, whether you're Greek or not, the most important thing to remember is that you represent the University.
"It's the things we learn at the University that matter, not the organizations we're a part of."
Fun fact, the residents who called the houses in question "fraternity houses" are incorrect because Greek housing of any sort is actually illegal in the state of Connecticut.Back to Main Page