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WVU To Make Changes to Greek Life

Woodburn Hall

West Virginia University’s new vice president for student affairs is trying to change the school’s Greek life culture.

William Shafer told the school’s Faculty Senate Monday the start of rush for Greek organizations will be pushed back from the third week of school to the sixth week. He also pushed for a policy in which students will not face university punishments if they seek help for themselves or friends who have consumed too much alcohol.

Shafer’s plans come after the November death of Nolan Burch, an 18-year-old who police say died after drinking alcohol given to him by Kappa Sigma fraternity members during a pledge ceremony.

Shafer says he is delaying rush week because research shows those first weeks are crucial for social engagement and academic success.