Why Colleges Don’t Do More to Rein In Frats
Cracking down on fraternities faces big hurdles, such as upsetting powerful alumni and donors who were members of those groups. But some colleges and national associations have taken it upon themselves to limit their responsibilities chiefly because of the cost and potential legal liability.
The greater control you set up for Greek life, the more liability you assume," says Scott Schneider, who leads the higher-education practice at a New Orleans law firm and is a former associate general counsel at Tulane University.
One reason is that members of Greek organizations are often reliable donors to the institution.
Another reason is that fraternity and sorority members maintain powerful positions in Congress and in statehouses across the country.