The University of Virginia has welcomed the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity back to campus this week, two months after a shocking expose in Rolling Stone magazine claimed that the frat's house was the site of a gang rape. (The magazine has launched an investigation after questions were raised about the veracity of the victim's account and the reporter's failure to interview the alleged perpetrators.)
In addition to putting Phi Kappa Psi on ice, UVA also suspended Greek social life in November in the wake of the story. But the school's letter organizations can fill their calendars again, although now it will be under the shadow of a long list of strict new party rules that must be observed by the school's 61 fraternities and sororities.
According to an addendum to UVA's Fraternal Organization Agreement, in addition to providing licensed security guards at designated events, some of the other requirements that must be met before frat parties can be thrown on the Charlottesville campus include:
>> A minimum of 3 brothers must be sober and lucid (defined as "acting without influence of any substance") at each fraternity function.
>> At least one each of the above sober brothers must be present at each point of alcohol distribution and another at the stairs leading to residential rooms.
>> Fraternities must also provide an additional sober brother monitor for every 30 members of the chapter. At least three of the sober monitors must be non-first-year brothers.
>> Beer may be served, unopened in its original can. Wine can also be served, but it has to be visibly poured at the bar by a sober brother. Pre-mixed drinks, punches, or any other common source of alcohol are prohibited.
>> Fraternities must provide bottled water readily available at every beverage distribution location and food at a minimum of one distribution location.
>> The sober brother charged with monitoring the stairs must have immediate key access to each room in the fraternity house during the social function.
If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, call the 24-hour National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673), or visit Rainn.org.