Princeton: We'll Suspend Freshmen Who Rush Frats

About 15% of school's student body is in a frat or sorority
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 2, 2012 9:27 AM CDT
A couple walks past Nassau Hall on the Princeton Unversity campus in Princeton, N.J. in this Dec. 18, 2001 file photo.   (AP Photo/Daniel Hulshizer, File)
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(Newser) – So much for those wild and crazy first few weeks of college. In keeping with a belief that fraternities and sororities promote social exclusiveness, Princeton University says any freshman who joins, rushes, or pledges to a Greek organization starting this fall will face suspension. The Ivy League school has a long-standing policy of not officially recognizing frats or sororities, and says any student who solicits the participation of freshmen in Greek organizations this fall will also face suspension.

Though Princeton has no fraternity or sorority houses on campus, about 15% of the student body still belongs to the 12 fraternities and four sororities that serve the school community. The administration announced the ban on fall rushing by first-year students last year; school officials said they hoped that delaying rush would cut down on drinking and keep freshmen from limiting themselves socially to Greek organizations. Yale instituted the same policy in March.

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