Monied clusters of Greek organizations, geographically segregated ethnic houses, and nepotistic, thematically-lifeless Row houses plague Stanford’s housing system, bemoan University administrators. Stanford has consequently adopted the belief that a vast overhaul of campus housing is the cure-all for these ills: the University’s ResX Task Force — a branch of Residential Education (ResEd), has recently been discussing what they call “the ideal neighborhood concept.” Substantive details on this proposed housing restructure are scarce. Nonetheless, we believe it would be useful to infer what the consequences of such systematic changes might be.
The Office of Student Affairs plans to review SOE procedures — in particular, the evaluation based on comparisons to other fraternities — “to ensure that they are fair, equitable and clear.”
The Stanford Office for Student Affairs reviewed its decision and discovered a procedural flaw in the guidelines provided to the Greek organizations preparing their reports.
As of late Monday night, the Theta Delta Chi (TDX) fraternity has gathered over 700 signatures on its campus-wide petition, originally released Sunday evening. The petition opposes to the University’s decision to remove the fraternity’s housing, the first in which consecutive failed conduct reviews — under the “Standards of Excellence” (SOE) evaluation system — directly resulted in the loss of fraternity housing.
The Theta Delta Chi (TDX) fraternity will lose its housing at the end of this school year, after the University found for the fourth year in a row that the group “needs improvements” to meet Stanford’s “Standards of Excellence” (SOE) governing reviews of Greek organizations. The fraternity plans to appeal the decision, and will receive a final outcome from Residential Education (ResEd) by Feb. 1.
In the past two years, multiple sororities have added a diversity officer position to address these challenges. Delta Delta Delta (Tridelt) and Pi Beta Phi (Pi Phi) added diversity officers this quarter. The Daily spoke to some of these diversity officers, as well as students in Greek life across campus, to learn more about representation in Greek life today.
The alleged drugging of several Stanford students by a non-Stanford student at the Sigma Chi fraternity house in January has motivated some Row houses to institute new practices to prevent future drugging incidents. Others, however, have not made such changes.
In a “Notes from the Quad” post, Stanford President Marc Tessier-Lavigne briefed students on the changing expectations and policies for the upcoming Admit Weekend.