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ISC finds Kappa, Theta not guilty of violations

After two separate trials last night, the Inter-Sorority Council found Kappa Kappa Gamma and Kappa Alpha Theta sororities not guilty of violating the non-discrimination clause of their Fraternal Organization Agreement.

The charges that each sorority had violated a portion of the FOA -- an agreement that all on-Grounds Greek organizations comply with to provide structure within all of the houses -- stemmed from the Oct. 31 Halloween party at Zeta Psi fraternity house. Both sororities were present at the party where brothers had colored their faces and bodies black as part of their costume.

"The decisions of the trials were an accurate portrayal of the involvement of the ISC sororities at the Halloween party at Zeta Psi," ISC President Whitney Eck said.

Along with the not guilty verdict on the violation of the non-discrimination clause, the ISC Judiciary Committee found that the sororities did not violate the social policy of the ISC regarding mixers and of under-age consumption of alcohol, Eck said.

Despite the verdicts, the sororities will still undergo education on discrimination and alcohol abuse of their own choosing.

"Although not found guilty of the charges the accused sororities will be held responsible to adhere to a plan of action by committees as an effort to educate their members," said Angie Payne, ISC vice president for judiciary.

The sororities may present their own suggestions for appropriate measures, Payne said. These actions may include workshops, discussions or other creative measures.

"We have full confidence that education initiatives of the two sororities will be executed effectively," Eck said.

Kappa Kappa Gamma and Kappa Alpha Theta were unable to be reached for comment.