August 30, 2017

Making Fraternities Safer

For all the efforts to rein in fraternities, problems associated with recruitment and initiation can seem intractable. But bringing problems out into the open and promoting confidential reporting have helped lift the veil of secrecy that perpetuates abusive behavior.

Alcohol, hazing, and secrecy are a dangerous combination. How are colleges trying to limit the risks?

Five years after a student’s death, Cornell University has found that rules may help combat hazing, but changing mind-sets is the key.

As colleges try to rein in hazing and other misconduct, they will find some natural partners both on campus and off. Other groups may not always be so helpful.

For more than a decade, the men’s Greek organizations at the University of Colorado at Boulder have been looking out for the safety of students without the oversight of university leaders.