JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The University of North Florida President John Delaney announced Tuesday that Greek activities at UNF aren't suspended. This announcement comes shortly after news spread that UNF's Council Presidents released a statement suspending all social events of the school's Greek community.
The Interfraternity Council President, the National Pan-Hellenic Council President, the Multicultural Greek Council President and the Panhellanic Council President agreed to the decision and released the statement on Monday, stating that it is in reaction to "the current state of Greek life in both Florida and the nation as a whole," according to the statement.
"We recognize our community's room for improvement and would like to take proactive steps to ensure the safety and longevity of fraternity and sorority life at the University of North Florida." the statement read.
Social events were defined as any event that involves alcohol and/or partnering with another Greek organization like tailgates, parties, date functions, formal, socials and joint service events, according to the statement.
"We know that our chapters may view this as a punishment, but we assure you that this reformed approach will result in a stronger and safer community," the statement read.
The statement also said the suspension will continue through portion of the spring semester.
Statement from UNF Public Relations Director Joanna Norris on suspending Greek life socials:
"We’re looking into this. Please note that this was not a decision by the University but rather the student leadership of fraternities and sororities at UNF"
Delaney met with the Council Tuesday and said this statement "was incorrectly communicated as 'suspension of Greek activities,' which wasn't the intent of the leaders of the Council and also not within its authority."
He also said in a statement that Greek activity at UNF hasn't been suspended.
"I want to make it clear that this proactive approach, if implemented, doesn't impact the majority of Greek life activities, such as rush events, member gatherings, chapter meetings or the organizations' numerous philanthropic activities. The proposal is, in essence, a voluntary, self-imposed two month 'pause button' requiring no alcohol at chapter activities that would allow each chapter to refocus its efforts on helping produce outstanding men and women who are leaders in their communities," Delaney said in the statement.
Read his full statement below: