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Panhellenic Association responds to IFC suspension

 IU’s Panhellenic Association has come up with goals for their 22 chapters to achieve after the temporary suspension of unsupervised new member activity and social events with alcohol for Interfraternity Council chapters.

PHA and IFC are the governing bodies of most fraternities and sororities on campus and often work together on events throughout the year. After the IFC suspension Nov. 27, leaders for PHA came together to create new expectations for PHA and IFC interactions in the future, according to a press release by PHA.

This council will introduce more alcohol awareness programs for new members, have a monthly event where all chapters will pair with another Panhellenic Association chapter for a sisterhood event and standardize risk management expectations.

“We hope that the long-term impact that these ideas have continue efforts focused on strengthening the connections between women in the Panhellenic community, creating safer social environments and ensuring education that is beneficial to our members,” the press release said.

The council will be working with national headquarters, chapters, advisors and Student Life and Learning in order to execute these goals.

Along with setting goals for PHA chapters, the council also suggested focus areas for the IFC community. 

This includes standardizing risk management expectations, engaging in additional education programming on topics like hazing, sexual assault awareness and appropriate alcohol usage, and co-organizing more philanthropic, scholarship and service-based events with PHA chapters each month.

“In this time, the Panhellenic Association community is here to support the IFC community and work together,” PHA said in the statement. “We are fully confident in our women’s organizations to utilize this as an opportunity to strengthen ourselves internally with the ultimate objective of being a catalyst for change at Indiana University.”

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