The Nov. 9 regular meeting of the Student Life Committee (SLC) was called to order at 4 p.m. with Professor of Theater Elizabeth Carlin-Metz serving as the committee chair.
The meeting began with a general conversation concerning a vision for SLC’s winter term agenda. The committee plans to come up with a schedule for talking about next year’s theme housing.
It will also conduct a review of the party policy and further its consideration of alternate venues for social gatherings. Among alternative venues discussed is the Oak Room, as well as other locations throughout Seymour Union.
The remainder of the meeting centered upon the fact that there is currently no understanding of how a local fraternity would function, given that there is no institutional document providing those details in either the faculty regulations or the college bylaws.
This issue arose when Gentlemen of Quality (GQ) was looking to affiliate itself with a national fraternity, in effect starting a new chapter of that national. At the Oct. 26 SLC meeting, GQ’s officers announced that they no longer are seeking to do so, and that they now hope to become a local fraternity.
Interfraternity Council (IFC) president senior David Fundakowski explained that as GQ will not fall under the governance of a national fraternity, it would have to fall under IFC and abide by the conference’s rules.
“Otherwise, I’m pretty sure everyone would be in an uproar about having this independent, rogue local fraternity being able to do whatever they want and pledging and rushing whenever they wanted,” Fundakowski said.
This raises issues with oversight of a local fraternity. As Carlin-Metz described, the college would, to some extent, serve as the local fraternity’s national governing body.
“Knox has to become its oversight,” Carlin-Metz said. “That is a burden to the Office of Student Development, who inevitably it would fall to unless a separate committee of faculty and staff were developed to be their oversight committee.”
Student Senate president Sam Claypool said the policy should be crafted before any action is taken with respect to GQ.
Carlin-Metz suggested that the committee recommend that GQ would become a non-residential fraternity while more specifics concerning liability and funding can be studied.
It was generally agreed upon that a task force could be created to further the study of the ramifications of local fraternity status.
Dean of Students Debbie Southern proposed that in the meantime, SLC could recommend to the faculty that GQ could remain a local colony for an extended period of time.
No action was taken during the meeting. Next week’s meeting will include a conversation with Fundakowski and GQ president senior Yohan Chang concerning local fraternities, followed by a forum with the Greek community.