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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan says all Greek life organizations will shift recruitment practices to the winter in an effort to improve experiences for first-year students.

The shift will take effect during the fall of the 2019-20 school year, the Ann Arbor News reported . Students must have earned 12 credit hours at the university and be in good academic and behavioral standing to participate in Greek life.

The move aims to help students fully engage in curriculum and communities, said E. Royster Harper, the university’s vice president for Student Life. The shift is part of a larger effort that will include workshops, courses and community building activities.

The university decided to implement the change after studying how recruitment practices impact students, Harper said.

A transition team will be created and led by Dean of Students Laura Blake Jones. The team will make recommendations for how to implement the winter recruiting change, the university said.

“In partnership with our Greek Life community student leaders, we are committed to working together to develop an implementation plan that ensures this recruitment timeline adjustment strengthens our entire community,” Jones said.

The university’s Interfraternity Council in November suspended all social activities and new member pledges to investigate allegations of hazing and sexual misconduct. The council has begun to slowly restore social privileges after a review identified policies and practices that need to be improved.

The newspaper couldn’t reach council representatives for a comment on the new recruitment period.


Information from: The Ann Arbor News,