MSU opens dialogue on sexual assault, drinking at all fraternity meeting
Updated On: Sep 18 2013 11:38:06 PM MDT
On Wednesday night, 200 students- most of them in fraternities- sat down at MSU to discuss sexual assault and drinking in fraternities. The all fraternity meeting was held in response to the recent alleged sex assaults.
NBC Montana's been covering the two alleged sexual assaults at fraternities near MSU's campus over the weekend. The university suspended two fraternities this week after the two alleged rapes.
The aim for Wednesday night's meeting was to create a dialogue between the school, fraternity students and the Voice Center, and discuss sexual assaults and high risk and underage drinking in fraternities.
MSU's Voice Center announced they've created the "Not in our House" task force, which will involve monthly meetings between the center, fraternities and sororities to talk about violence prevention.
"Education is what it's really going to take to start making culture change, and work towards our ultimate goal- which is prevention of sexual violence, and really violence of any kind at Montana State," said Voice Center representative Joe Schumacher.
In addition to the Voice Center, the Inter Fraternity Council and Dean of Students Matt Caires also addressed the crowd. Both urged fraternities to be the leader in campus safety.
"It shows that we are coming together for a common cause," said Thomas Wright, who's with the Inter Fraternity Council. "We don't allow or advocate sexual abuse or sexual assault on our campus."
NBC Montana also spoke with Assistant Dean of Students Erin Macdonald Peck, who said she hopes fraternity students and the school can now focus on moving forward.
"It's a tough situation, but I think there'll be positive outcomes and we're supportive of the fraternity sorority experience," she said, adding "we just want to see it remain that way."