The following is a message in response to the recent incident at Zeta Psi Fraternity. La Asociación Latina 2017-2018 Executive Board also wrote a statement on the incident, which can be found here.
The Cornell Greek Tri-Council recognizes that in recent months minority communities have experienced heightened bias and discrimination in today’s increasingly divided society towards marginalized groups. Hateful rhetoric and action certainly are not welcome in our Greek community or on our campus. We will do all in our power to eradicate such behavior and uphold Cornell’s founding principle of inclusivity.
The Tri-Council does not, and will not, tolerate any form of hate, bias, or discrimination in our community, on Cornell’s campus, or beyond. We are committed to our principles of diversity and inclusion, and creating and fostering cultures that reject hateful actions.
In the fraternity and sorority expectations for membership, members — at the most basic level — are expected to conduct themselves “in a manner supportive of the educational mission of the institution.” This includes, but is not limited to, not physically harming or threatening physical harm to anyone, respecting the health and safety of all human beings, or not harassing (physical or verbal, oral or written) anything beyond the bounds of protected free speech. Additionally, according to the core principles of the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life, all chapters are to “value diversity and inclusiveness.”
Anything that violates these principles will not be tolerated by the Greek Tri-Council. These are basic principles — actions that run antithetical to such fundamental guidelines have no place here at Cornell.
While we understand that statements like these only go so far, we are committed to working as a Tri-Council to foster more inclusive relations between members across the PHC, IFC, and MGLC communities. We acknowledge that this issue is, in many ways, a culture problem. It is bigger than just this incident. As suggested, we aim to address this incident in a more comprehensive manner in the following weeks, working with LAL and other University partners, as will ensure to communicate any and all plans to the Greek community as we move forward.
Caitlin Gleason, PHC President
Brianna Barrett, MGLC President
Drew Lord, IFC President