Just days after the Alpha Pi sorority announced that it would not support the Safe Campus Act, seven additional sororities have withdrawn their support for the controversial bill. The national office of Delta Phi Epsilon outwardly rejected the proposed legislation; Phi Mu, Alpha Gamma Delta, Alpha Chi Omega, Gamma Phi Beta, Sigma Delta Tau and Delta Gamma declined to support it. The Safe Campus Act seeks to restrict colleges from handling sexual assault cases unless the police are involved. It also would allow colleges to implement higher standards of proof when determining guilt, making it more difficult to expel a student accused of sexual assault. The bill has been widely criticized by rape victims’ groups because it restricts colleges’ ability to punish perpetrators, and forces victims to pursue police action. The sororities’ position on the Safe Campus Act comes as a significant departure from the National Panhellenic Conference (NPC), a support organization for “the sorority experience.” Throughout 2015, the NPC and the North American Interfraternity Conference have spent more than $200,000 lobbying in favor of the bill.
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