President Barron: 'Self-governance' for fraternities and sororities needs to end

August 21, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — An opinion piece on the topic of Greek-letter organizations, written by Penn State President Eric J. Barron, appeared in USA Today on Aug. 21, 2017.

Barron indicated that Penn State has put in place a comprehensive set of measures aimed at reforming Greek life at the University, with a primary focus on student safety.

“Alcohol misuse, hazing and sexual misconduct are exceptionally complex universal challenges that we have been working to address for decades at Penn State, in tandem with these independent Greek organizations — many of which occupy privately owned houses. The self-governance model for fraternities and sororities is not working and must be altered,” Barron wrote. “With student safety at the forefront, we have initiated a range of sweeping measures that, collectively, are unique to college campuses, especially one of Penn State’s size.”

The measures can be found here:

To read Barron’s piece in its entirety, visit USA Today online.

Last Updated August 21, 2017