November 24, 2014


The administrations at Clemson, California State University at Northridge West Virginia University and most recently at the University of Virginia have elected to halt all fraternity activity on their respective campuses following unspeakable tragedies.

There is no excuse for the death of a student as the result of being associated with a fraternity. There is no excuse for a guest to be raped at a fraternity function. Fraternities exist to encourage scholarship, develop character and foster support and loyalty to the host institution.

There is also no excuse to trample on the rights of students who had nothing to do with the specific tragedies. Eliminating the right for students to freely associate is un-American and does not solve the behavior challenges of the fraternity culture. These issues can only be solved through greater supervision of the groups either by volunteer alumni or college/university staff.