Greek Life on Campus

Should colleges ban fraternities and sororities?


Fraternities and sororities, prominent on college campuses for nearly two centuries, are under intense scrutiny because of misdeeds — largely by fraternity members — ranging from binge drinking and racism to deadly hazing injuries and sexual assault. Since 2005, more than 60 people have died in fraternity-related incidents, according to Bloomberg News, and this fall 37 New York City fraternity members were charged in the death of a pledge, including five who face murder charges. Supporters of Greek organizations argue that only a small number of members commit serious violations. Moreover, they say fraternities and sororities — now at a record 750,000 members — provide invaluable leadership training, networking opportunities and emotional and academic support. Still, a national association representing 73 fraternities has commissioned task ...

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