Princeton plans to keep freshman away from Greek life

    Beginning in fall 2012, Princeton University will prohibit the rushing and recruitment of freshmen in fraternities and sororities.

    University President Shirley Tilghman made the announcement today, allowing for time for the university to devise penalties and prohibitions.

    The Princetonian includes a bit of Tilghman’s letter to the class of 2015, explaining the decision: “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.”

    In their announcement to students, Vice President for Campus Life Cynthia Cherrey and Dean of Undergraduate Students Kathleen Deignan said freshman rush practices can often lead to more peer pressure and excessive drinking, and the university instead wants students to branch out.

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