The Alpha Phi International Executive Board has made an official statement that it does not support the campus sexual assault bill, according to a Huffington Post article released earlier Thursday.
In doing so, it is the first national sorority to break away from the National Panhellenic Conference.
Anne Lewis (junior-telecommunications), chapter president for the Gamma Rho chapter of Alpha Phi at Penn State, said she agrees with the statement.
“I am very proud to be part of such a strong organization,” Lewis said. “I definitely agree with the Alpha Phi executives in saying that we do not outright oppose the bill, but each individual should have his or her voice heard.”
The Safe Campus Act was proposed to Congress in late July and has endured controversy.
The legislation requires students to report acts of sexual assault to police and school administrators before colleges and universities can investigate sexual assault cases or punish accused sexual predators.
“We believe universities should remain accountable for the safety of their campuses, and should continue to raise the bar to ensure that they report and respond to crimes and keep students safe. Their ability to do so should not be diminished,” the Alpha Phi International Executive Board and Executive Office Staff said in an official statement.