Last week, The Poly released an article on rush policy violations. The piece has received both positive and negative feedback, and we want to make our intentions clear in publishing the article.
Within the first week of rush, we received more reports about offenses this year than in previous years. Not all students that attend RPI know that “wet” rushing occurs, and by shedding light on the matter, The Poly raises awareness. Our staff wants to make sure that in the future, those certain Greek organizations uphold the Interfraternity Council Recruitment Policy so that rush can remain safe for everyone. Additionally, nearly half of the editorial board is Greek; therefore, we understand how essential rush is to fraternities and sororities and how vital it is for events are to remain dry.
The inclusion of alcohol in rush events and at rush parties harms the integrity of Greek rush and the Greek community in general. Alcohol distorts potential recruits’ perceptions of the organizations they are considering, and of their concept of what it means to be Greek. Since alcohol has great potential to destroy organizations, the Greek community is harmed by the inclusion of those who are irresponsible with alcohol consumption.
There also exist safety regulations, such as rush monitors. Rush monitors can appear unannounced at the chapter house of any fraternity at any time during the recruitment period. However, rush monitors cannot appear at the apartments of Greeks, which are the locations of some of the alleged wet rush events.
The Poly was aware of the severity of the situation and the potential consequences of our article. We understood that the entire Greek community could have been endangered by our article. We recognized that we were in a position of great power, and as a result, we aimed to act with the greatest deliberation. We purposefully did not mention any fraternity or person in specific, in order to protect those involved from undue harm, and to leave the enforcement of the rules up to the judicial system of RPI. Rather than damage, we aimed to indirectly improve the Greek community. By raising awareness of the situation, we hope that infractions of the IFC Recruitment Policy will become less frequent for future recruitment periods.