WVU Police Now Primary Law Enforcement for Greek Houses

By Speciale, Samuel | Charleston Gazette Mail, January 8, 2016 | Go to article overview

WVU Police Now Primary Law Enforcement for Greek Houses


Speciale, Samuel, Charleston Gazette Mail


As part of a new agreement with the city of Morgantown, West Virginia University police will now be first responders in an area with many of the school's fraternity and sorority houses. The agreement, announced Tuesday during a Morgantown City Council meeting, gives university police primary law enforcement responsibility over an area on campus where students live.

"It kind of makes sense for us to work there since a lot of students live in this cooperative zone, university police Chief Bob Roberts said.

The two police departments have been working on the agreement for months.

As part of the program, university police will start new educational programs with fraternities and sororities.

"We have access to other resources within the institution that the [Morgantown] police department doesn't have, Roberts said, adding that the university will work with and train students.

While he didn't directly reference it, changing the party culture surrounding Greek life on campus has been a major educational effort of university and local officials.

The last few years have been tumultuous for fraternities and sororities at West Virginia University. In 2014, Greek life was suspended after a series of incidents, including the death of first- year student and Kappa Sigma pledge Nolan Burch, 18, two days after he suffered an alcohol-related emergency at a pledging ceremony. …

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