After a Kansas University staff member sent out an email last week to national greek organizations that mentioned the possibility that KU could require freshmen to live in student housing, other KU officials were quick to dispel the claim, saying the bad information was the result of a miscommunication.
Amy Long, an associate director of the Student Life and Involvement Center for greek life and leadership programs, sent an email on Tuesday to national fraternity chapter leaders asking for some information on how many freshmen were living in KU chapter houses, as well as the various campuses that allow freshmen to live in chapter houses.
“Currently, as part of the university’s strategic planning process, one item being considered is moving to a first year live on requirement for all students,” Long wrote. “This would no longer allow new members to live in chapter property their freshman year.”
On Wednesday, Tammara Durham, KU’s interim vice provost for student affairs, sent another message to chapter leaders to “correct” Long’s message.
“There is no university intention of prohibiting freshmen students from living in fraternity houses,” Durham wrote. “I was simply interested in this information as I take on a new role at the university.”
Long often works and communicates with greek leadership organizations in her role at KU. Durham is serving as KU’s interim vice provost for student affairs, a position that includes some responsibilities over students that were formerly handled by Marlesa Roney, who had been serving as KU’s vice provost for student success.
On Monday, both Long and Durham referred questions on the issue to Jack Martin, a KU spokesman.
Martin said that Long’s message was the result of a misunderstanding of Durham’s request for information, and affirmed that KU had no plans to require freshmen to live in student housing.
The university continued to receive questions on the issue late last week, and Tim Caboni, KU’s vice chancellor for public affairs, sent out another message on the issue, and confirmed that “[t]here have been some communications from university staff members that have not been accurate.”
Caboni wrote that the recommendation isn’t being planned, and isn’t being recommended by Huron Consulting, which is looking at a variety of ways KU could cut costs and build revenue.
“Furthermore, KU doesn’t have the capacity in on-campus housing to even implement such a requirement,” Caboni wrote. “I want to apologize for the Greek community feeling singled out in discussions about student housing. As a former fraternity president, I know firsthand the positive formative experiences that can result from Greek affiliation.”