Princeton University To Prohibit Freshmen From Pledging Fraternities And Sororities

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

As part of an effort to curb excessive and underage drinking, Princeton University will prohibit freshmen from affiliating with fraternities and sororities or engaging in any form of "rush" during their first year.

The ban will be delayed until next fall to allow the university to figure out how to implement it and to find new ways to connect freshman with other students and to improve residential life, according to the university.

Princeton University president Shirley M. Tilghman said she accepted the recommendation of a 13-member student-faculty-staff working group that reported a connection between "rushing" fraternities and sororities and excessive and high-risk drinking. The working group also found fraternities and sororities contribute to a sense of "social exclusivity and privilege" among students, according to university officials.

"The decision to prohibit freshman year affiliation and recruitment is driven primarily by a conviction that social and residential life at Princeton should continue to revolve around the residential colleges, the eating clubs, and the shared experience of essentially all undergraduates living and dining on campus," Tilghman wrote in a letter to returning students.

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