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Opinion: AU fraternities are more dangerous than ever. They’re recruiting right now.

(02/05/21 7:21pm)

Last summer, the American University community reckoned with the dangers posed by fraternities on campus. Multiple victims of sexual assault, racism and other forms of misconduct spoke out on social media. Record numbers of Greek life members disaffiliated, whole chapters disappeared and our own Student Government president resigned citing mental health concerns and allegations against his fraternity. More and more students spoke up, and those of us who had not yet realized the severity of the problem came to see just how widespread racism and sexual assault are in fraternities. Then, we moved on with our summers. The pandemic and the election continued, and the urgent story surrounding Greek life lost steam. Now, fraternities are recruiting again — and they may be more dangerous than ever.