This letter is paid content. Greeks at UND are being singled out and treated unfairly. On Aug. 20, UND ordered a mandatory quarantine on six fraternities and sororities. This week another nine more Greek chapters were added to the quarantine list, making that 15 Greek chapters quarantined. An email sent out by UND Student Affairs Administrators on Thursday, Aug., 20, reads as follows “Because of the congregate living settings of those organizations, everyone else who lives in the houses is considered a close contact to those who’ve tested positive and would need to undergo quarantining procedures.” However, those living in resident halls are not considered congregate housing and do not have to quarantine when dorm mates test positive. It makes no sense that dorms and Greeks are treated differently and unequally. Greeks are targeted for unfair treatment by administrators.
Thus if one Greek member tested positive for Covid, ALL members are put down on lockdown in quarantine even if they test negative or previously had Covid. They are confined to their bedroom, unable to go to class, go to work, or be outside, for two weeks. But in the dorms, those in close proximity to someone who tests positive can socialize, dine, work and go to class, even if this is where many, if not most, of the Covid cases are. Greeks are isolated in a blame game. Any violations by a fraternity or sorority chapter or member is subject to punishment handled through the code of student conduct. In other words the entire Greek organization is punished not just the individuals involved, but that is not true with dorms or sport teams – totally unfair and unjust.
The COVID-19 quarantine of Greek Chapters impacts the students in several ways. UND has some classes that do not offer a zoom option making it impossible for those students to learn.
It also hinders the ability for those students to work and gain the funds they need to attend college
Greek chapters and dorms both share a great deal in common so both should be congregate housing or neither should be. They both share a common lobby, common living area, study space, common bathrooms, common dining areas, laundry rooms and common activity areas. Why should an infected student living in a dorm be sent to a hotel to quarantine, and their dorm mates have no restrictions? This while a whole Greek house is under quarantine. It is unfair to single out fraternities and sororities and force them to all quarantine. Greek life at UND must be treated more fairly and equally and should operate as normal as do those in the dorms.
If administrators cannot do the right thing, I will champion for a legislative remedy. Rep. Claire Cory
Grand Forks, ND
Rep. Claire Cory (R-42) is a member of the North Dakota House of Representatives from District 42, the area around the University of North Dakota. She assumed office on Oct 11, 2019. Cory is a lifelong resident of Grand Forks and is pursuing a degree in public administration and political science at UND. She previously served as an intern to Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND).