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Lafayette Hits Discrimination

(EDITOR'S NOTE-The following is
a roundup, by University Press
Service, of the "increasing attack"
on fraternity and sorority discrim-
inatory membership clauses. The
Lafayette case is treated in detail
as an example of what is happen-
The Board of Trustees of Lafay-
ette College has passed a resolu-
tion asking fraternities to "divest
themselves of all discriminatory
clauses and practices as soon as is
reasonably possible."
The Board resolved to re-exam-
ine the discrimination situation
Jan. 1, 1965, and to then "take
such further action, if any, as it
may deem desirable or appropri-
The action followed a faculty
resolution of April 4, 1961, asking
the Board to remove official col-
lege recognition from fraternities
whose national constitutions or by-
laws still contain discriminatory
clauses by Jan. 1, 1963:.
No Penalties
However, the resolution also asks
that not only such clauses but
practices based on "gentlemen's
agreements" be removed. The res-
olution set no penalties because it
said it was pleased by the progress
which has been made toward elim-
inating discriminatory practices.
According to the Board, 17 of 19
fraternities at the college have no
discriminatory clauses in their
Last February, a petition ex-

pressing "strong opposition" to
fraternity discrimination was pre-
sented to the college paper, The
Lafayette, by 72 members of the
faculty. Later, the faculty's Stu-
dent Affairs Committee submitted
a questionnaire to all 19 fraterni-
ties requesting information on dis-
criminatory practices.
Discriminatory Practices
The Interfraternity Council de-
cided that the questionnaires
would not be returned, but that it
would submit a report summariz-
ing discriminatory practices, rath-
er than listing them individually
as requested.
In March, Student Council
passed a resolution condemning
discriminatory practices and pledg-
ing full support to any faculty ef-
fort against them. Finally, on April
4, a faculty resolution was passed
asking for withdrawal of recogni-
tion for fraternities which discrim-
The same kind of attack on fra-
ternities and sororities has been
launched on many other campuses
across the nation. Some examples
At Brown University, the IFC
strongly recommended elimination
of discriminatory clauses.
Local Chapter
At Bowdoin College, the local
chapter of Alpha Tau Omega with-
drew from the national, which has
a "white Christian gentlemen's



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