USF is finding out why it is problematic to place Greek housing on campus. For some students, Greek societies belong to the college experience as much as Spring Break and Homecoming, but part of their appeal is their exclusiveness.
By expecting the organizations to abide by the same rules as “average” resident students, the University would take away what makes such organizations alluring to students. But if the University allows members of fraternities and sororities to live by different rules, it will create a hierarchy dividing students between Greeks and non-Greeks.
USF asked the chapters housed in the Greek Village to sign an agreement that would allow University Police to enter their premises without prior notification. While some chapters initially signed the agreement, others refused to do so, questioning not only the legality of such an agreement, but also the fact that it would have undermined the very nature of their organizations.
Sorority and fraternity members are paying a premium for their college experience and “pledge” themselves to chapters. But who wants to do this if UP could show up at any moment?
The Oracle previously reported one of the Greek chapters have had trouble finding enough members to come up with the rent for their house; this would likely increase their troubles.
After first issuing an ultimatum to the Greek societies, the administration has now indicated it is willing to negotiate. One can hope that an agreement will be found that is acceptable to all parties involved.
But as long as Greek housing is situated on campus USF will always be faced with the dilemma of having to decide what is more important: one set of rules for all students or traditional Greek life.