The Department of Education released last week the list of 55 schools currently under investigation for mishandling sexual assault and harassment cases. Now, one of those schools is stepping up with an unusual measure: Amherst College is banning all fraternities and sororities from its campus.
To be clear, Greek life at Amherst has been officially banned for the past 30 years. But an underground Greek scene has been alive and well, led by popular fraternities such as Chi Psi, Delta Kappa Epsilon and OT.
But that’s all about to change. On Tuesday, the school’s board of trustees made it clear that they would no longer tolerate this unofficial Greek life. In an announcement to the students, the board affirmed that anyone who joins “off-campus fraternities and sororities, and fraternity-like and sorority-like organizations” is subject to suspension or expulsion.