BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WPTA21) - In an emailed letter, Indiana University has advised those living in fraternity and sorority houses to "re-evaluate their current living situation" due to the spread of COVID-19.
The university said it has been working with public health experts, who believe that the houses -- which are not operated by IU -- are not safe at the present time.
"This means IU Bloomington does not have authority to operate or manage these privately-owned residences," the letter notes. "These entities were tasked with developing safe living plans, specifically quarantine and isolation plans. Unfortunately, many of these plans are proving to be ineffective in adequately providing for the health and safety of the students living in the houses.
"At minimum, all organizations must follow the regulations from the Monroe County Health Department for communal living facilities."
University officials said some Greek houses have shown a testing positivity rate above 50 percent.
"This poses a significant risk not only to the nearly 2,600 students living in Greek and other communal housing organizations, but the other 42,000 IU Bloomington students, the campus' 12,000 faculty and staff, and the community at large," the letter explained.
Details on the impact of COVID-19 on fraternities and sororities -- with a breakdown by organization -- is posted online.
There are 40 Greek houses associated with IU.