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U of O Recommendations To Address Sexual Violence Not Yet Finalized

Proposals to address the University of Oregon's sexual violence problems may be softening toward sororities and fraternities. Researchers at the university say women involved in Greek life are more likely to suffer sexual assault than other female students.

A university task force earlier called for stopping the groups' expansion.

But a graduate student with the task force, Carly Smith, told OPB's "Think Out Loud," on Thursday that such a halt seemed impractical.

And Smith says many fraternity and sorority members have offered to help: "And their commitment to taking an active part in the work that we're doing, and really clearly stating that this was a problem that they knew was happening at the University of Oregon, and they wanted to part of the solution. So, I think we got a little more buy-in from that community than we initially expected."

The University Senate put off a vote on recommendations this week. University of Oregon interim president Scott Coltrane says he's "alarmed" by recent reports about sexual violence, but says he's waiting for other reports to come in, before finalizing next steps.

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