Amherst president weighs fraternities in tackling sexual assault

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Six months after Amherst College was pulled into a national discussion about rape on college campuses, school officials are considering whether to eliminate the activities of officially unsanctioned fraternities.

"My feeling is that ambiguity is the worst of all possible worlds," said Amherst President Carolyn "Biddy" Martin in a recent interview, referring to the vague status of Amherst fraternities.

Students and school officials have raised concerns that because fraternities are not formally recognized by the college, sexual misconduct that happens at off-campus frat houses may not be reported in the same way that similar cases of campus misconduct would be.

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