@StudentsR1st RPI is yet to provide any meaningful statistics to back up their claims about Greek Life at the university. They keep citing national trends, but as RPI students and alumni we KNOW that RPI is very different than the rest of the country. RPI Greek Life is very inclusive, most Greek organizations do not haze and follow all the rules, and most Greek organizations are made of just nerdy engineering majors.
Greek organizations that are caught breaking the rules have also not been getting reasonable punishments in my opinion. They’re not harsh enough. Organizations are found guilty for rape cases, hazing, etc. and they get a one year suspension. One year does nothing. They should be four years for any hazing/Title IX cases so that everyone graduates and national organizations can reestablish their chapters with a new culture. RPI says they’re taking this issue seriously, but the judicial cases aren’t showing that - they’re like a slap on the hand.
The Greek Life Task Force released a Title IX report, but there are a lot of problems with those statistics.
A) The statistics include victims of sexual assault within Greek Life and those that are accused of sexual assault. This, again, is problematic since those that do the crime may not be from within the Greek community. If that person is from within the Greek community, it doubles the number of sexual assault cases that count as “from Greek Life.” The university has refused to give us a break down of each category. If RPI really was on it’s high horse and had so much evidence against Greek Life, they shouldn’t be afraid of releasing this data to student groups and alumni so they can start implementing policies to change the situation.
B) The statistics include sexual assaults “arising from Greek parties or organizations.” The university has not given a definition of how it records this data or what the definition means. It’s a completely arbitrary definition. The dean of students did give some examples though. For example, if someone was at a Greek party at all on a given day and then committed sexual assault or was a victim, they would be added to the Greek Life statistic even if the Greek organization had absolutely nothing to do with the alleged assault. It’s crazy.
C) The statistics only show accusations, they do not say how many were found guilty. For all we know, only 10 percent of all the cases were found guilty. RPI refuses to give the statistics on this.
So I think we can see a common trend here. Only Title IX data has been released so far and it is flawed and RPI refuses to give any more data. They keep saying it’s for legal reasons and not to make the school look bad to the press.
Adding on to that, Travis Apgar (Dean of Students) was unable to provide any statistics to justify why alumni should have to take an online course before they are allowed to interact with new members in Greek organizations. His only response was “alumni are sometimes part of the problem.”
It’s completely outrageous and an insult to the student body and alumni groups since we want these statistics to pass reforms. RPI students and alumni are heavily analytical and there is already little to no trust between alumni/students and the administration. No one involved in going to believe the school and take the situation seriously until they show that it’s a real problem. How is that supposed to happen if we have no idea what the complete story is?
Source on the statistics and quotes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEC05q1WLFA