After nearly a year of planning, the greek communityâÄôs self-monitoring group, Arkeo, has stalled in its planning process yet again. Eleven months after a slew of sexual assaults, the greek community still lacks an effective monitoring system.
Shortly after the Interfraternity Council began planning the policing system, the Minnesota Daily Editorial Board warned against the potential shortcomings of such a group, cautioning that âÄúArkeo could fall to nepotism, hesitant to report violations of its fellow students and greeks.âÄù But in reality, things are even worse: Arkeo has yet to do anything at all.
In fact, itâÄôs logical to think that perhaps nepotism contributes to what coordinators say is the groupâÄôs biggest problem: a lack of volunteers to lead the program and to be monitors at greek events.
While, as the Editorial Board stated in February, it is âÄúcommendableâÄù that no further assaults or serious violations or misconduct have occurred since the planning began, we noted that the way events are run are âÄúin dire need of an overhaulâÄù to ensure the safety of guests. That fact has not changed.
It is absurd that the IFC still has not taken appropriate action to address these issues. We repeat our call to the greek community to reconsider the idea of a self-policing unit.
The most important reform the greek community could make would be to get serious about reforming the way they run events to assure safety for everyone involved.