Six fraternities lose university recognition

RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- Six fraternities will no longer be recognized by the University of Nevada, Reno after they refused to agree to new rules.

School officials say the six not recognized are: Alpha Tau Omega, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Kappa Alpha Order, Theta Chi, Zeta Psi and Kappa Sigma.

The new rules would require each fraternity and sorority to not be involved in any event with a club not recognized by the university, register chapter-hosted activities off campus, hire a live-in advisor and submit a comprehensive report of any issues being dealt within the chapter every semester.

We just want to know what type of incidents the chapter is managing and dealing with their individual members," said Megan Peppers, UNR Director of Fraternity & Sorority.

Pepper says these new rules are in place for the health and safety of the students.

We reached out to several fraternities for a response, but were told they would not comment at this time.

While not recognized, the six fraternities can still operate on their own.

"The university can't tell them that they can't operate as an organization. They are no longer recognized on campus, which means they don't receive the same benefits or resources as other student organizations," said Pepper.

Some of those benefits are the use of facilities on campus either free or at a discounted rate and having support from advisors.

A few people not affiliated with the Greek system agree with the new rules.

"You should have an adult there to take care of a situation that arises or prevent a situation from occurring. Why put people at risk when there is somebody there to stop it?" asked Wesley Zika, UNR student.

Others believe it will increase cost.

"If it was free; I don't see as much of a problem. If the fraternities have to house them, feed them and for them being there, then it's just another burden," said Julia Schlichtmann, UNR student.

But Pepper attests the new rules are a proactive step.

"It's going to help the institution guide a lot of our prevention practices and the education we are doing on campus, if we know what is going on in these organizations," said Pepper.