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IU Greek Task Force Considers Implementing Third-Party Bartenders, Smaller Chapters

A red clock on the campus of Indiana University-Bloomington.

The committee is also considering whether to restrict chapter sizes and encourage upperclassmen leadership within the chapters. (Steve Burns/WTIU News)

An Indiana University task force charged with overseeing conduct at campus fraternities and sororities is considering hiring third-party, licensed bartenders to serve alcohol at Greek events.

IU Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel formed the 12-member advisory body, dubbed the “Greek Task Force,” in October 2018 to help ensure the success and safety of the Greek community at IU. The committee’s goal is to educate Greek students and enforce sanctions on hazing, sexual violence and alcohol and drug abuse.

Associate Vice Provost for Student Affairs Kathy Adams Riester says the bartender measure is just one of several controversial new standards the task force is discussing.

“Well, I think some of the measures that the committee is discussing are things that are not easy to change within the community," she says.

The committee is also considering whether to restrict chapter sizes and encourage upperclassmen leadership within the chapters.

The IU Bloomington chapter of Delta Chi fraternity was suspended earlier this year due to hazing and student code of conduct violations.

Riester says the university’s priority is student safety.

"We’d rather be proactive and address issues and concerns we might have within the community, versus reactive when something bad happens," she says.

Greek life alumni as well as several members of IU faculty and staff make up the task force.

There is currently no timeline for a decision on any of the new measures.

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