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Old 11-01-2009   #1
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It All Collapses

I live at a fraternity, a co-ed professional science one, so things are pretty cool here for me. I've been a member since fall '07 and lived in the house since fall '08. The place really is great, mostly because of the superb brotherhood. We've hit a few stumbling blocks in the past as anyone does from time to time, however on the whole we're always improving.

This starts last December where we had a sexual assault in our house. The then member has since been de-brothered and things where handled extremely well. We all bound together and things were handled professionally, though unfortunately not all the wounds could so easily remedied. Our Nationals (the overseeing body of all our chapters across the country) put us on probation due to some of the complications that arose from it.

Over the past months we have been trying our damnedest to be an exemplary bunch of people in an effort to get out of probationary status. The house I live in has not looked so good in years, even returning alumni are complementing us for how much we have achieved as a brotherhood.

You can probably predict where this goes now, something went horribly wrong.

There is a risk management policy that nationals uses to cover everyone's asses, after we were put on probation a few of them stopped by to re-iterate it to us and demonstrated the loopholes. However loopholes won't work in the case of hard evidence. One disgruntled brother wrote a gigantic letter to nationals, compiled photo evidence, of how those rules were broken.

I know many will say that if you are knowing breaking rules there must be consequences, but these are rules that have been labeled as bull-shitty by the people who wrote them. They are only enforced when an extreme scenario happened, such as the aforementioned event.

Suffice to say this one person has dicked over everyone else in an act that was claimed to be for the best. Apparently the best it having our status as a fraternity revoked. This is a big deal, it's like hitting the delete button on everything we have done to improve the place and everything we were currently doing. It is a removal of what we are so proud of. I saw some people to day on their breaking point that I never expected to see. I nearly unhinged myself on him, and I am know for my extreme patience.

We are currently appealing but the situation is pretty bleak. If we do not win the appeal we are totally shut down, we cannot put our name on any events we run. That means no more blood drives, handing out scholarships, or official participation in any campus events. It effectively labels every member of our chapter as alcoholics and sullies a resume worthy achievement. The renting permit for the house is only valid as we are a fraternity, it means many of use lose housing maybe as soon as thanksgiving.

He did this cause he felt the place was going to shit. He claims that the fact he's getting kicked out of the house for financial reasons has nothing to do with it, even though he constantly bitches about it. He said that we were not united. Well were pretty united now, just not in a way that he intended.
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Old 11-01-2009   #2
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Re: It All Collapses

So... he sexually assaulted someone and now he's getting you guys in trouble?

... have you punched him yet?
In the face?
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Re: It All Collapses

The assault was a year ago, he ended up pleading guilty. That was over with but it left us vulnerable to the current situation were we feel we're being made example of. The current problem is basically another guy being a whiny tattle-tale. Normally it wouldn't be an issue, but we were already on probation from the old event.

It takes an incredible amount of restraint not to ham these people however the assault guy got his jail time and this the new one is about to have the collection agency on his ass. Thankfully there is some justice being served, but it does not repair the damage.
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All I can say is good luck. I don't know much about fraternities or anything but it seems to me that if truth prevails, you'll be all right.
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