Swarthmore College bans fraternities and sororities

Swarthmore College sit-in
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Swarthmore College has announced that fraternities and sororities will no longer exist at the college. 

The announcement came Friday from College president Valerie Smith, after weeks of controversy surrounding two fraternities,  Delta Upsilon and Phi Psi.  The two frats were accused of sexually assaulting women and allegedly had a "rape tunnel" and a "rape attic."

Smith says the college is ending the practice of leasing space to student groups. She also said exclusive, dues paying social organizations no longer meet the needs of the college.

After considering the task force findings, which represent multiple views heard over the academic year, President Smith shared her decisions regarding issues related to social life at Swarthmore.https://t.co/3LlWrUXFQA

— Swarthmore College (@swarthmore) May 10, 2019

Both fraternities voluntarily disbanded after recent protests. 

The only chapter which will be allowed to continue is the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority, which will remain in operation until Spring 2022.