Cal Poly Greek life on social probation after string of sexual assaults

Jan 13, 2015

A Cal Poly fraternity is no longer welcomed by the university and the rest of the Greek System, including both sororities and fraternities, is on social probation. 

Credit Jay Thompson, Cal Poly

The university announced the moves Tuesday, following the third sexual assault reported this academic year associated with Greek houses.

Keith Humphrey is the Vice President of Student Affairs at Cal Poly and says these cases are affecting the health and safety of students. Although the university has paused all social activities in response, regular chapter operations can continue.

"We can step back as a community and look at policies, procedures and practices that help make social events stronger so that social events can return in a healthy and safe way. There is no intention or plan to shut down the Cal Poly Greek community at all," said Humphrey. "We believe in it. We actually want to see it grow and become stronger on this campus."

The final two investigations are still underway. Because the third incident occurred after the start of the year, it will qualify to be investigated under the new 'yes-means-yes' law jointly-authored by local State Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson.