Living Groups Fined for Rush ViolationsBy A. Arif Husain
The Interfraternity Council collected nearly $3,000 in fines from independent living groups this year for violations of rush rules.
The IFC Judicial Committee brought a total of 19 charges against 11 ILGs. Most violations were benign and dealt with matters such as improper message-handling and failure to comply with Clearinghouse procedures, according to Judicial Committee Chair David H. Hijirida '94.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon was charged with five violations -- the highest number among the ILGs -- and was found guilty of three of the charges. Alpha Delta Phi was charged with four violations and was found guilty of two of the charges.
SAE, which was put on probation by the IFC last year, also paid the highest amount in fines, $1,050. Last year, SAE payed $1,150.
"We expect a certain amount of fines ... but we try to run as clean a rush as possible," said David M. Sukoff '95, SAE rush chair. "We get fined a lot harder than any other house because of our reputation, because we are watched so closely," he said.
The IFC rules were "established to keep the fraternities, sororities, and living groups from taking undue advantage of one another, and in particular to protect the rushees, during rush," according to the preamble of the IFC rush rules.
The rules focus on maintaining communication with rushees at all times, allowing equal access by all ILGs, and providing safety to the new students. They also provide guidelines for registration, visitation, trips, and other rush transactions, and defines the role of Clearinghouse, the system which tracks rushees.
"We have a lot of rules," Hijirida said. "It seems kind of picky, but they are there for a reason. Because of that you're almost always going to find rush violations," he said.
Charges are based on the findings of IFC-appointed investigators, who pursue complaints made by fraternities and rushees. The hearings were conducted over a 2-day period in late September. Final decisions were made by a review board composed of one elected representative from each fraternity and living group.
All fines are deposited in the IFC treasury to be used for funding projects. These have included hosting speakers and funding Greek Week.