More fraternities disaffiliating from their universities

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College is restarting and soon tens of thousands of students will be descending on Greek homes across the United States to make their way in a letter sweatshirt. But at many schools, students enrolled in their university’s official “peak week” will have very limited options. This is because many fraternities are cut all ties to their campuses, i.e. “disaffiliation”, over what they consider to be too strict rules.

In recent years, the majority of fraternities at Duke, West Virginia, the University of Michigan, and the University of Colorado at Boulder have disaffiliated.

The last: 10 of the 14 official University of Southern California fraternities broke with Tommy Trojan earlier this month. They formed their own governing body and released a statement saying their “partnership with USC has deteriorated significantly” since the school suspended nearly all organized fraternity activities for half of the school year. The final deal came when USC announced that first-semester freshmen would no longer be allowed to rush fraternities.

USC tells a different story of their departure, saying “members chafe at procedures and protocols designed to prevent sexual assault and substance abuse and address underage mental health and alcohol abuse issues.” . Experts and students fear that these problems will worsen in fraternities that have withdrawn from university oversight.—J.W.


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