Brotherhood officials say they understand the depths of the students’ anger over sexual assault, but protesters don’t see the big picture.
“We certainly have our challenges, as do state governors and people who work in the media, both professional athletes and entertainment,” said Judson Horras, president and CEO of the North American Conference on interethnic relations, the largest conference. fraternities trade association. He added: “We are being labeled as a problem that, frankly, is much broader than the problem of brotherhood.”
Brotherhood officials say while police and university investigations continue, their units are acting quickly and decisively. The accused University of Nebraska student dropped out of school and is no longer a member of the branch, according to the Interfraternity Conference.
“So many men in the fraternity are shocked by this behavior,” said Mr. Horras, adding that brothers from the fraternity who expelled their members should be supported and encouraged rather than protesting.
“They did the right thing,” said Mr. Horras. “Protests should be about behavior.”
Mr Horras said the Interfraternity Conference has taken concrete steps to end sexual harassment. He demands that members of the fraternity receive information about sexual misconduct, and since the fall of 2019, he has banned the use of strong alcohol at parties and in homes.
According to him, the members of the fraternity are told: “You immediately report the incident, because we want people to have a culture of openness and responsibility.”
But the fraternities have passionate opponents. The protests are similar to the Abolition of Greek Life movements that have emerged over the past year at universities such as Emory, America and North Carolina. Students say that a class of students entering college seems more stressful and stubborn than one that entered right in front of them.