Emory University bans fraternity house from putting up outdoor Christmas decorations

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EMory University banned a campus fraternity from putting a Christmas wreath on the door of its house, saying “outdoor holiday decorations” could not be put up by students.

Campus reform reported this confusion over student housing policies led to the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity facing penalties for installing a Christmas wreath and garland on its campus house.

The university student housing policies say that “students are welcome to decorate for the holidays” but must ask permission and submit a complete decorating plan to campus housing operations and the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life.

“Housing operations will determine what buildings have the capacity to do. If there is a problem with the external decorations provided, Housing Operations has the right to refuse the request,” the policy states. “Outdoor holiday decorations are not to be put up or taken down by students. Violators of this policy will face disciplinary action.

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Davis Van Inwegen, fraternity member and president of home improvement, said Campus reform that the policy on which the fraternity relied contained no such restrictions on decoration.

It wasn’t until the fraternity received an email Dec. 3 from Josh Gamse, assistant director of sorority and fraternity life, that they were informed that they were following an outdated version of the fraternity policy. university accommodation.

Gamse informed the fraternity that an incident report would be submitted to the Office of Student Conduct as this was the second violation of the fraternity’s housing policy. The first was the placement of inflatable polar bears on the house balcony after Thanksgiving, Van Inwegen said. Campus reform.

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Emory University did not respond to a request for comment.

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