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Greek Life Review Update: Survey Closes, Reviewers Complete Site Visit
Earlier this summer, Syracuse University began its top-to-bottom review of Greek Life. External partners David Westol, Karyn Nishimura Sneath, and Veronica Moore, who bring decades of experience evaluating fraternity and sorority communities, are leading this comprehensive review.
In addition to the reviewers conducting their own research, a core piece of the review is an undergraduate student survey designed to help understand students’ experiences and perceptions of Greek Life. The survey, which closed Sept. 3, received a 41.6 percent response rate. The results from the survey were provided to the Greek Life review team to inform their site visit and meetings with campus stakeholders.
Westol, Sneath and Moore conducted a site visit from Sept. 16 to 19. During that time, they met with groups of students, faculty, staff, alumni and others to conduct focus groups and gain insight and perspectives from individuals both affiliated and not affiliated with Greek organizations.
“We appreciate the honesty, candor, sincerity and specificity the Syracuse University community provided us through the survey and campus visit,” Westol says. “Our team left with significant amounts of information and feedback that will inform our assessment of the sorority and fraternity community and provide recommendations that will further support the whole University community.”
The reviewers are expected to complete a final report in early November.
Campus community members who would like to add comments or opinions for the reviewers’ consideration can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org.