Re-Evaluate the UARK IFC Guest Policy

Re-Evaluate the UARK IFC Guest Policy

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Riley York started this petition to Concerned Students

It is obvious that the University of Arkansas values its image over the safety and well-being of their students, and it is time something is done about it. 

The current guest policy in place for all UARK Greek Life houses is a 1:1 ratio, where members living in house can have one guest on days M-Th, ending at 10:00PM. Let's look at why that is a pathetic excuse for a guest policy.

1. Why, as full-grown adults, being told that after 10:00PM, should we be punished for having guests over to a room that we pay thousands of dollars per semester to live in? Every resident in Fayetteville has this privilege, including the freshmen dorms on campus, except for our houses. We are being treated like elementary boarding school students, and it is time for change.

2. There is no evidence relating COVID-19 outbreaks on this campus to fraternity or sorority houses.

3. As of 12/2/20 this campus currently has 28 active cases among students, with a Fall 2020 enrollment of 27,562. .01% of the student body currently has COVID-19, suggesting that there is a 99.9% chance that a random student would NOT have the virus. On top of this, the University of Arkansas currently has 98.6% of all quarantine space available. Provided something were to go wrong with re-evaluating this policy, there are ample time and resources available to prevent a major spike.

4. Meeting new people and hanging out with other human beings are two ways many college students use to cope with the stress and anxiety provided by the university.

5. Many other major public universities (specifically SEC schools) have little to no policy implemented, and their COVID results are very similar to ours. 

Please, consider signing this petition to make a change. Our time in school is very limited, and I for one want to make the most of my time here. Limiting our visitors is not an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. It is an effort to stop students from having the college experience that thousands of people paid thousands of dollars for. 

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