Schlissel ‘deeply disappointed’ by ski resort vandalism
Ann Arbor – — University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel, along with student leaders, publicly expressed disappointment Thursday with fraternity and sorority members who vandalized two ski resorts last month during the same weekend — and promised accountability.
“I am deeply disappointed in this behavior and we are taking this situation very seriously,” Schlissel said at the beginning of the UM Board of Regents meeting. “The destruction and vandalism that took place do not reflect the values of the University of Michigan. These actions are not representative of the entire student body.
“The process is ongoing,” Schlissel added, “but we intend to hold those responsible accountable for their actions.”
Later, during the public comment part of the meeting, Interfraternity Council President Alexander Krupiak and Panhellenic Association President Madeline Walsh echoed Schlissel’s sentiments.
“I come forward here to apologize, on behalf of my entire community,” said Krupiak. “We have been collectively embarrassed and humbled by the actions of some of our members. We fully understand how our actions impacted everyone involved, the level of media attention that events received and understand that serious measures need to be taken to improve our community.”
“Students are taking this seriously, reflecting on their actions and looking forward to a positive future,” Walsh said.
UM Regent Denise Ilitch thanked the students for apologizing on behalf of the university.
Members of six fraternities and sororities inflicted tens of thousands of dollars in damage on scores of rooms rented Jan. 16-17 at Treetops Resort in Gaylord and Boyne Highlands in Harbor Springs.
All of the chapters were suspended by their national organizations, and an investigation was launched by the university.
Currently, police are investigating individual behavior in the incidents, said UM spokesman Rick Fitzgerald. Meanwhile, the university is examining the responsibility of each organization.
Repercussions could range from educational measures to community service to the university no longer recognizing the fraternity or sorority as a student organization.
Fitzgerald was uncertain if or when the university would examine individual behavior in the incidents.
Last week, a newly created task force began meeting to create a student honor code, spearheaded by student body president Bobby Dishell.
The investigation is being led by Michigan State Police. No charges have been filed.