Wesleyan U. Will Require All-Male Fraternities to Go Coed

Wesleyan University’s residential fraternities must start admitting women within three years, the Connecticut institution’s president and the chairman of its Board of Trustees wrote in an email to the campus on Monday.

“Our residential Greek organizations inspire loyalty, community, and independence,” wrote the president, Michael S. Roth, and Joshua Boger, the board chairman. “That’s why all our students should be eligible to join them.”

The change is not sudden. In April a group of students and faculty members called for the change, citing what they described as fraternities’ role in fueling campus sexual assaults. The university’s all-male fraternities—and an alleged sexual assault that took place at one of them—were featured prominently in a February article in The Atlantic entitled “The Dark Power of Fraternities.”

Some alumni and other observers have taken to Twitter to hail the change:

Some of the university’s peer institutions have also eliminated all-male fraternities. Trinity College, in Connecticut, decided in 2012 to make its fraternities coed, citing a rise in drug and alcohol abuse at the Greek organizations.

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