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Friday, June 13, 2014

Ind. Courts - "Efforts by Colleges to Curb Assaults Focus on Fraternities "

The ILB has had a number of posts recently involving lawsuit against fraternities for reputed hazing incidents.

Included in the posts was a link to a Feb. 19 feature article in The Atlantic, titled "The Dark Power of Fraternities: A yearlong investigation of Greek houses reveals their endemic, lurid, and sometimes tragic problems—and a sophisticated system for shifting the blame," written by Caitlin Flanagan.

Today Richard Perez-Pena and Steven Yaccino of the NY Times report at length on fraternities, and colleges' efforts to curb assaults. A sample:

Facing a barrage of bad publicity and lawsuits, a growing number of federal investigations and a recent White House task force report, colleges are under intense pressure to curb sexual assault, binge drinking and hazing. They have increasingly focused their efforts on fraternities.

In just the past few months, fraternities have been suspended or put on probation at the Universities of Tennessee, Connecticut, Illinois and Mississippi, as well as at Kent State, Emory, Lehigh, Cornell and Northwestern Universities, among others. In March, after being linked to a string of injuries and deaths, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, one of the largest national fraternities, announced a ban on the pledging rituals that often devolve into hazing and drunkenness.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on June 13, 2014 09:05 AM
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