Organization: University Risk Management and Insurance Association
Summary: In the wake of numerous news reports of bad, and sometimes criminal, behavior by fraternities and their members, the association surveyed its members to see if colleges are reconsidering how they oversee those organizations.
The survey found, among other things, that:
- About two-thirds of respondents said fraternity activities were among the colleges’ most significant or top liability risks. Nearly half said that the groups posed a significant or top risk for the institutions’ reputation.
- Every college that responded had at least one strategy to deal with the risks, including requiring training to prevent hazing and sexual assault and requiring insurance coverage.
- Despite the risks, a majority of respondents also said fraternities were important to alumni relations, provided community service, and were part of the campus culture and traditions.
- Nearly one in five said there were no benefits from fraternities.
Bottom Line: While the survey gives a snapshot of how colleges are gauging the problems and potential benefits of Greek life, the sample size in the survey was too small to draw very meaningful conclusions. There were just 60 respondents from a possible 2,100 individual association members.