Greek meeting opens dialogue at A-State

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A group of Greek students at Arkansas State University met Wednesday night to discuss the possible risks at Greek events, in light of recent incidents at the university.

University officials required the training after all Greek events were suspended earlier this year after incidents including an alleged rape at the Alpha Gamma Rho house while another incident involved a fight at the Kappa Alpha house.

Media were not allowed to attend the meeting Wednesday, according to Marketing Executive Director Bill Smith. Smith told Region 8 News that the meeting was off-limits due to students feeling uncomfortable about cameras at the last meeting.

However, Panhellenic president Jenny Keller said she believes the meetings, with the final one set for Thursday, can help the situation.

"I think that these training sessions have been super educational for our members, I think they've kinda learned what it looks like to still be in college and to participate in social events but just do it in a safe manner that doesn't endanger any student. I think that we've learned how to hold each other accountable," Keller said.

Keller said the meetings have also provided an opportunity for the system to provide checks and balances.

"I think that we've learned how to hold each other accountable, our brothers and sisters in our fraternities and sororities. And also just to be leaders on campus and represent Arkansas State in a super positive way," Keller said.

The meeting Wednesday was the second one in recent months.

Greek students also met March 7 at A-State. At that event, students heard from speakers and saw presentations on relationships, alcohol and sexual assault on campus.

University officials have said the ban on Greek events is scheduled to end Saturday.

Copyright 2017 KAIT. All rights reserved.

Watch Region 8 News On Demand: On your Desktop | On your Mobile device

Region 8 News App - Install or update on your: iPhone | Android