Greek Life events face scrutiny following allegations of sexual misconduct

Julia Bianco, News Editor

UPDATE: More information has been made available about this topic. A more complete story can be found here. 


Following allegations of sexual misconduct committed by fraternity brothers, the Greek Life Office has requested that all fraternities cancel any social events involving alcohol for the rest of the semester.

According to statistics provided by Associate Vice President for Student Affairs for Campus Life Susan Nickel-Schindewolf, ten Case Western Reserve University fraternity men have been accused of sexual misconduct in the past semester. Based on this information, Mark Starr, director of Greek Life, and Amie Jackson, associate director of Greek Life, in collaboration with Interfraternity Council President Michael Pawelkowski, decided that this was the best plan of action.

“The point is to not have any more issues for the rest of the semester,” said Pawelkowski. “In the end, this isn’t about the university, it’s not about Greek life or non-Greeks, its about the people who are going through these cases and who are really affected by what’s occurring.”

Sgt. Jeffrey Daberko of the CWRU Police Department said that he has seen an increase in sexual misconduct reporting this semester. However, he said that it could be related to an increased emphasis from university President Barbara Snyder and the media which urges reporting these issues.

“It could be that people are more willing to come forward and that’s a good thing even if it makes our numbers go up,” he said.

According to the 2014 Annual Security Report, 16 sexual assaults were reported in 2013.

As of press time, no notification has been sent out to the entire campus. However, rumors surrounding the request have set the anonymous social media app Yik Yak ablaze.

-additional reporting by Maria Fazal, Staff Reporter, and Katie Wieser, Executive Editor

This is a developing story. More information will be posted on The Observer website as it become available, and an expanded story will appear in Friday’s print issue.