In Bid to Curb Risky Behavior, Conn.’s Trinity College Will Make Greek Life Coed

College officials said the plan stemmed from administrators’ concerns about a rise in the number of students being hospitalized for excessive drinking and drug-related problems. Students and alumni have protested the plan, saying that they are being made targets unfairly. Some colleges that Trinity counts among its peers have eliminated fraternities and sororities, and some advocates of Greek life worry that Trinity’s move could represent a step toward the same result. A campus committee considered that option, but decided to preserve fraternities and sororities for their positive qualities.

Besides requiring the Greek groups to go coed, the committee’s recommendations — approved in October by the board of trustees — included the banning of a pledge period and a requirement that a group’s collective grade point average be 3.2 or better.

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