A list of new COVID-19 clusters was announced in an East Carolina University Alert on Sept. 10, which listed 13 Greek Life organizations with a total of 126 positive cases, however, the entirety of Greek Life at ECU is not to blame.
We, the editorial staff of The East Carolinian, believe that it would be unfair to hold an entire establishment accountable for the actions of certain individuals. Especially considering many of the people who contracted the virus could have gotten it from a reckless individual who infected other rule-abiding people who live in the house.
We cannot assume the fraternities and sororities involved in the clusters were not following social distancing guidelines and we cannot put the blame on all of them. Nevertheless, those individuals who did contribute to the spike in cases among Greek Life should’ve been cautious of their whereabouts and the people they were around.
Around the time of the cluster announcement, ECU’s Greek Life organization was getting ready for its rush week. Due to COVID-19 precautions, the organization has made changes by having its rush week virtually. We appreciate that Greek Life has taken this route to follow social distancing guidelines to reduce close contact.
We appreciate Greek Life organizations holding remote and virtual rush events this semester given the current circumstances but we also encourage all Greek Life members to be cautious moving forward and protect the people around them. Additionally, Greek Life should work toward acknowledging the actions made by specific individuals within its organization to help take proper precautions against COVID-19.