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Arkeo starts this week

The organization created to police greek parties finally gets moving.

After its training last weekend, the long-awaited greek party-patrolling program Arkeo will relaunch this week. Its goal is to cut down on the number of violations of the Interfraternity Council’s party rules, which include registering parties, making a list of expected guests and having no hard alcohol. Leaders hope to achieve 75 percent compliance in the first few weeks of Arkeo.

Let’s revisit the purpose of this program. Arkeo was created in November 2010 after three alleged sexual assaults were reported at University of Minnesota fraternities, including incidents in which victims told administrators they felt pressured to keep quiet about the attacks. In October 2010, the IFC approved a temporary dry-house policy because of violations. The moratorium was lifted a month later  and replaced by “tougher and clearer risk-management policies,” including Arkeo. The program operated briefly last spring but faced skepticism and logistical hurdles .

A year later, Arkeo shows little evidence of having the power to keep parties safe. As a self-policing group, there’s potential for Arkeo volunteers to feel more loyalty to their fellow fraternity members than dedication to keeping parties in line. So, what if an assault occurs? With Arkeo volunteers limited to observation, who will step in? If 75 percent compliance is considered success, which rules are okay to break?

It’s important that the greek community, with the help of the IFC, has made Arkeo a reality. However, the program seems to be unable to adequately enforce rules. We hope it will be successful, and Arkeo’s leaders should keep revising the program after its launch to make it so, but it’s in doubt that the program will prevent and solve the problems it was created to deal with.

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