Misguided Legislation: Interfraternal Organizations Take United Stance
Interfraternal Organizations Unite to Challenge TN Rep. John DeBerry’s Misguided Legislation
In response to legislation introduced in the Tennessee House of Representatives by Rep. John Deberry (D) that would ban fraternal organizations from state colleges and universities, the North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC) and the Fraternity & Sorority Political Action Committee (FSPAC) released the following statements.
Together with the NIC and other Greek organizations and trade associations, Kappa Alpha Order opposes DeBerry’s misguided bill that would have a chilling effect on a student’s basic constitutional rights of freedom of expression and association.
Joint Statement from Represented Interfraternal Organizations
“One million undergraduate students and 10 million alumni have found great value through their fraternities and sororities—including tens of thousands of students at Tennessee universities, which provide opportunities for personal growth, foster local hands-on service and philanthropic contributions, and build communities of support for young men and women.
While colleges and universities are facing critical challenges, fraternities and sororities are actively partnering with campuses to implement measures to enhance health and safety, and we invite true collaboration and dialogue with public officials as we focus on solutions.
Representative DeBerry’s legislation would sever the partnership between Tennessee colleges and universities and the fraternities and sororities on their campuses. It is a misguided approach that won’t solve deeply-rooted campus culture issues, and would likely make them worse. Together, as interfraternal organizations, we call on Rep. DeBerry to withdraw his bill—which has yet to garner a Senate companion—would have a chilling effect on a student’s expression of their basic constitutional rights to join an organization.”
-National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), National Pan-Hellenic Conference (NPHC), National Association of Latino Fraternal Organizations (NALFO), National APIDA Panhellenic Association (NAPA), National Multicultural Greek Council (NMGC), North-American Interfraternity Conference (NIC), and Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors (AFA)
Joint Statement from the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee and Fraternity and Sorority Action Fund
“It is disgraceful that an elected official would propose legislation designed to curb the freedom of association and Title IX rights of college students today. Many of the best civic, business, and political leaders in Tennessee and across this country are women and men who developed those leadership skills in their college fraternity and sorority experience. We call on Rep. DeBerry to immediately withdraw his misguided legislation and apologize to students exercising their rights to belong to our organizations. There’s no room in the statehouse for people who obstruct students from exercising their fundamental constitutional rights.”
– Marc Katz, President of Fraternity and Sorority PAC, and Cindy H. Stellhorn, President of the Fraternity and Sorority Action Fund.
About the North-American Interfraternity Conference
The NIC is the trade association that represents a diverse range of inter/national men’s fraternities. NIC’s 66 member organizations boast more than 6,100 chapters located on more than 800 campuses, with 385,000 undergraduate members and 4.2 million alumni.
About the Fraternity and Sorority Political Action Committee
Formed on March 1, 2005, the FSPAC allows Greeks to work to build a positive presence in Washington that helps to protect the fraternal experience we offer to our members and to visibly support our brothers and sisters in Congress and those who champion Greek issues.