Following nationwide outrage after the University of Texas at Austin chapter of FIJI threw a ‘border patrol party’ in February, the IFC (Interfraternity Council) has voted to add a ‘cultural sensitivity clause’ to their Code of Conduct.
In addition to adding the ‘cultural sensitivity clause’, the University of Texas Interfraternity Council has also published a list of party themes that are now deemed too offensive (and a list of themes that are still acceptable). As we reported on HERE back in February, the party was initially meant to be a ‘Western’ theme, but attendees were intent on changing that seemingly innocuous theme into a border patrol themed party.
Below is a list of party themes that are now deemed ‘too offensive’ under the IFC’s new code of conduct clause (you can skip ahead for a full report on the new clause). As you can see the clause has been added to stop anyone from doing anything stupid. Because if we’re being honest, doing stupid crap in college is pretty damn easy, so at least now there’s an outline to stop college kids from making national headlines.
Offensive Party Themes:
Non-Offensive (Acceptable) Party Themes:
The lists above came by way of ‘TheCollegeFix‘.
As for the ‘cultural sensitivity clause’ that’s been added to the University of Texas IFC’s Code of Conduct, The Odyssey Online has the details:
The University of Texas Interfraternity Council passed a new code of conduct Wednesday, March 25 that includes cultural sensitivity, after the council stated that it did not have a rule that would allow it to take action against its Fiji member fraternity for a controversial Feb. 7 party at which guests reportedly wore hard hats with “Jefe” and “Pablo Sanchez” written on them.
The new code, which passed unanimously in a vote among IFC member fraternities, states that the fraternities will “exhibit cultural sensitivity and will respect all cultures, races, ethnicities, and religions.” The previous code had no specific mention of culture, though it did disallow inappropriate conduct and called for member fraternities to maintain integrity and honor.
University of Texas officials announced following the party that the university would not be taking action against Fiji, also citing the lack of a rule that the fraternity violated. Fiji President Andrew Campbell released an apology on behalf of the fraternity following the incident.
UT Latino Community Affairs, a UT registered student organization, led a march from campus to the Fiji house last month calling on the UT administration to take action against Fiji for the party. Veronica Rivera, co-director of operations for the organization, said that its members are happy the IFC is taking this step to prevent incidents like the Fiji party from happening in the future and it would like to see UT do the same.
New Code of Conduct
ARTICLE VIII – IFC CODE OF CONDUCT
Section I. IFC Code of Conduct
As members of the IFC, we, the Member Fraternities, hereby agree to and adopt the following code of conduct:
We will know and understand the ideals expressed in our fraternity Rituals and will strive to incorporate them in our daily lives.
We will strive for academic achievement and practice academic integrity.
We will respect the dignity of all persons; therefore, we will not physically, mentally, psychologically or sexually abuse or harm any human being.
We will exhibit cultural sensitivity and will respect all cultures, races, ethnicities, and religions.
We will protect the health and safety of all human beings.
We will respect our property and the property of others; therefore, we will neither abuse nor tolerate the abuse of property.
We will meet our financial obligations in a timely manner.
We will neither use nor support the use of illegal drugs; we will neither misuse nor support the misuse of alcohol.
We acknowledge that a clean and attractive environment is essential to both physical and mental health; therefore, we will do all in our power to see that our properties are properly cleaned and maintained.
We will challenge all fraternity members to abide by these fraternal expectations and will confront those who violate them.
For the previous code of conduct you can CLICK HERE.
For now all you Texas bros need to accept this one thing:
NO trailer trash parties.
NO pimps and hoes.
NO millionaires parties.
NO porn stars parties.
NO aristocrats parties.
And last but not least NO cowboys and indians.
Anyone who dares to throw a party with an aforementioned theme risks blowback from the University of Texas IFC.
I’m curious though, have any of you UT frat readers been affected by this yet? Were any party plans in the works that have since been derailed by this new cultural sensitivity clause? Or has this clause in any way hindered your ability to throw a rager? Let me know down below in the comments!