Friday, June 13, 2014

Colleges Focus on Fraternities to Curb Assaults

By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑA and STEVEN YACCINO
JUNE 12, 2014

EVANSTON, Ill. — At the University of Tennessee this year, some fraternity pledges had hot sauce poured on their genitals. At Emory in Atlanta, pledges were required to consume items “not typical for eating” and to engage in fistfights. And at Wesleyan in Connecticut, a few months after the university reached a settlement with a woman who said she was raped at a fraternity house, another woman said that she was raped at a different fraternity house.

Facing a barrage of bad publicity and lawsuits, a growing number of federal investigations and a recent White House task force report, colleges are under intense pressure to curb sexual assault, binge drinking and hazing. They have increasingly focused their efforts on fraternities.

In just the past few months, fraternities have been suspended or put on probation at the Universities of Tennessee, Connecticut, Illinois and Mississippi, as well as at Kent State, Emory, Lehigh, Cornell and Northwestern Universities, among others. In March, after being linked to a string of injuries and deaths, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, one of the largest national fraternities, announced a ban on the pledging rituals that often devolve into hazing and drunkenness.

(More here.)

1 Comments:

Blogger Tom Koch said...

The University of MN just gave an award to a sexual predator. What message does that send to our impressionable youth?

7:18 PM  

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