Category Archives: Greek Life


Jury Awards Damages to Fraternity That Sued Wesleyan Over Mandate to Go Coed

A state-court jury in Connecticut on Thursday sided with a fraternity whose house was closed by Wesleyan University in the fall of 2015 after the fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon, resisted complying with a university mandate to admit women, The Hartford Courant reported.

The case is not over, though. While Thursday’s verdict, by a jury in Middlesex County Superior Court, awards damages of $386,000 to the fraternity’s alumni chapter, it does not automatically reopen the fraternity house. It do…


8 Fraternity Members Are Charged With Manslaughter in Hazing Death at Penn State

Eighteen members of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity at Pennsylvania State University have been criminally charged for failing to help a pledge who died in February after consuming toxic levels of alcohol during an initiation ceremony and suffering a series of falls.

ABC News reported that eight of the fraternity members and the chapter itself were charged with involuntary manslaughter. Others were charged with aggravated and simple assault, evidence tampering, alcohol-related violations, and hazing…


Penn State’s President Warns Fraternities and Sororities to Shape Up

Are we “witnessing the beginning of the end of Greek life” at Pennsylvania State University? Many administrators and trustees are wondering if that will be the case, Eric J. Barron, the university’s president, says in a bluntly worded open letter to fraternity and sorority members.

In the letter, published Monday on his blog, Mr. Barron notes that the problems of binge drinking and campus sexual assault are national in scope, yet his tone seems exasperated and at times despairing as he writes th…


After a Student Dies, Penn State Bans a Fraternity and Liquor at All Greek Houses

Pennsylvania State University on Thursday permanently banned a fraternity after a student died, and announced a sweeping set of measures designed to crack down on what officials described as “growing evidence of problems” related to hazing, alcohol abuse, and drug use in Greek life. The actions included a ban on hard liquor at all fraternities.

The university shut down Beta Theta Pi, the fraternity where Timothy Piazza, 19, fell down a set of stairs last month and died the next morning. Damon S…


Students at UPenn Protest Email as Evidence of Rape Culture

Students at the University of Pennsylvania are using the text of an email sent to freshman women to protest what they say is a rape culture at the institution, BuzzFeed News reports.

The students posted some 600 fliers around the campus that reproduce the text of the email, which invited first-year women to an underground fraternity’s party. The fliers printed the phrases “This is what rape culture looks like” and “We are watching” over the email.


College of Charleston Halts Alcohol-Related Activities for Fraternities and Sororities

The College of Charleston has suspended alcohol-related social activities for all fraternities and sororities, WYFF reported on Wednesday.

The alcohol ban is effective immediately; a letter from Glenn McConnell, president of the South Carolina college, explains that the decision was made after speaking with student leaders of the fraternities and sororities.

Mr. McConnell’s letter says the ban will be lifted after all organizations have been reviewed and every chapter member completes training a…


Fraternity at Texas A&M Is Suspended After a Student Dies

The Sigma Nu fraternity chapter at Texas A&M University at College Station suspended all activities after a student died over the weekend, KBTX reported on Thursday.

A search warrant said fraternity members had dragged Anton Gridnev’s body through the house before waiting to call 911 because they did not want any police involvement. Paramedics took Mr. Gridnev to a hospital on Saturday morning after a fraternity party on Friday night. He was pronounced dead at the hospital.

On Saturday morning s…


Judge Tosses Ex-Fraternity Members’ Defamation Suit Against ‘Rolling Stone’

A federal judge on Tuesday dismissed a defamation lawsuit against Rolling Stone magazine that had been brought by three former members of a fraternity at the University of Virginia, the Associated Press reported. The plaintiffs had sued the magazine over a 2014 article, since debunked, that described a gang rape at the campus’s Phi Kappa Psi fraternity house.

The accusation rocked the campus, but the police in Charlottesville, Va., said their investigation had found no evidence to corroborate th…


U. of S.C. President Says Fraternities May Be Able to Avoid Ban on Pledging

Fraternities and sororities at the University of South Carolina at Columbia may be able to avoid a proposed ban on the pledging process if they clean up their acts, the university’s president says.

The proposed policy, which university officials first put forward in May, would abolish the formal pledging period and replace it with several new processes, including a university-run education, training, and assessment program for students interested in joining Greek-letter organizations. “We thin…


6 Students Are Indicted in Hazing Death at College in Virginia

Six students at Ferrum College were indicted this week on charges connected with the hazing death in April of another student, reports The Roanoke Times.

The authorities in Franklin County, Va., have not stated why Michael A. Walker, 20, was hospitalized or what caused his death. He was found unresponsive at an off-campus location on April 17 and died a week later.

The six indicted students were all members of the Sigma Alpha Kappa fraternity. Two were also charged with purchasing or providing a…