University leaders seeking solutions to Greek life problems

Apr 25, 2018 by

With Penn State University president Eric Barron as a co-leader, academic officials from 31 universities met in Illinois on Monday and Tuesday to discuss ways to combat hazing, binge drinking, and other problems in their fraternity and sorority systems.

Also participating in the national gathering, called “Fraternities and Sororities: What Next,” were the presidents of Florida State University and Louisiana State University, where students died in hazing-related incidents this school year.

“We’ve come up with what we think are best practices for recruitment and pledging,” Mr. Barron said before boarding a plane back to Pennsylvania. “We’ll work through that and see if we can get everybody to agree.”

He declined to release details until the platform is finished later this year and ready to be presented to presidents of various national groups for endorsement, including the 237-member Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.

The group also plans to pursue the creation of a national database on fraternities and sororities, including violations and suspensions, to keep schools and parents better informed, Mr. Barron said. There are about 12,000 fraternity and sorority chapters in the United States with more than 750,000 student members.

The meeting was cohosted by Penn State and the Universities of Iowa and Nebraska-Lincoln and held at the Big Ten Conference headquarters in Rosemont, Ill. Rutgers University also participated.

Source: University leaders seeking solutions to Greek life problems | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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