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Dyad Strategies Review

Nov. 11, 2017

Statement from Chancellor Alexander N. Cartwright

From its beginnings in 1869, the Greek community at the University of Missouri has benefited students and the community alike. As one of the largest Greek communities in the country, we have a responsibility to our Greek students to ensure that we are providing them with the best experience possible.

I am personally committed to building a Greek community that is the envy of every university in the country. Our Greek students have saved thousands of lives with the homecoming blood drive, helped thousands more through their charitable work, and interacted with members of the Columbia community in meaningful ways – and they do this every year.

To improve, I agree with Gary Ward that it is vital that we have an unflinching analysis of where we are, what we are doing well, and where we are falling short. Some of the information might be difficult to hear, but it is necessary to move forward.

I know that together, with lots of feedback, we will be able to reach a consensus on how and when to make certain changes. This report is just a first step and we have many more to go if we want to reach our goal of being the best in the country. I’m asking for your constructive input today and your elbow grease in the future as we get down to the hard work of building Mizzou’s Greek community into the great system we know it can be.

Oct. 26, 2017

Message from Interim Vice Chancellor Gary Ward

Dear members of the Mizzou Greek community:

As you know, the university hired Dyad Strategies to conduct a comprehensive review and risk management assessment of Greek life at Mizzou. Thank you to all who provided information and participated in discussions with Gentry McCreary, CEO and managing partner.

Dyad has completed their report, and I am sharing it with you today. The report provides a detailed analysis of the Office of Greek Life and Greek community while also presenting several recommendations for improving the Greek student experience.

From the beginning of this process, our goal has been to make the Mizzou Greek community the best in the country. This report is a first step. We need your support as we determine where we go from here.

In the coming weeks, Gentry will return to campus to share the report and recommendations with Greek students, alumni, faculty, staff, partners and our new leadership team. Student safety remains our top priority. No final decisions about specific recommendations will be made before spring.

I’m very excited for the future of Greek life at Mizzou, and I’m looking forward to working with all of you to build on the rich tradition of scholarship, leadership, service and brotherhood/sisterhood at the University of Missouri.

FAQ

Why did the university seek an external review of Greek life?

The University of Missouri’s Greek community is among the largest in the nation. As part of the comprehensive review of student programs and services at the University of Missouri, Interim Vice Chancellor Gary Ward and the Office of General Counsel agreed that it would be prudent to get a sense of national best practices related to Greek Life and assess current policies and procedures in place to inform the legal team’s advice on those matters. The ultimate goal is to build the strongest Greek community and best student experience in the nation.

What was Dyad Strategies hired to do?

The consultant was hired to assess several aspects of Greek life, including:

  • Social event policies and procedures, including policies related to alcohol and drugs
  • Organizational conduct policies and procedures
  • Policies and procedures related to Greek housing
  • Greek recruitment
  • Trainings and workshops provided for Greek members

What is in the Dyad report?

The report provides a detailed analysis of the Office of Greek Life and Greek community while also providing several recommendations for improving the Greek student experience. Download the full report (PDF).

How much did this analysis and report cost?

Payment is not to exceed $22,000. The Office of General Counsel hired Dyad Strategies, and the Division of Student Affairs covered the cost of the study.

What does the Office of General Counsel plan to do with Dyad report?

The results will be used to help the university’s legal team inform its advice on policies and procedures related to the Office of Greek Life and Mizzou’s Greek community. The university’s legal team also has shared the report with Student Affairs and agreed that the report may be shared more broadly to help inform discussion of improvements for policies and procedures.

What’s next?

Gentry McCreary, CEO and managing partner for Dyad Strategies, will share the report and recommendations with Greek students, alumni, faculty, staff, partners and campus leaders. Some changes will take more time than others, and stakeholder input will be essential to determining how to move forward. Student safety remains the university’s top priority.

Who is in charge of Greek life?

Dr. Jeffrey Zeilenga was named dean of students in July 2017 and supervises the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life. He reports to Gary Ward, who was named interim vice chancellor for student affairs in May 2017.