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Wesleyan Fraternities Ordered To Become Coed

Wesleyan University's residential fraternities have three years to welcome women into their ranks.
Posted at 9:54 AM, Sep 23, 2014

When we think of fraternities, let's be honest ... we think of this: 

"The Deltas, what a great bunch of guys." (Video via Universal Pictures / "Animal House")

And maybe this ... 

"We're going streaking!" (Video via DreamWorks Distribution / "Old School")

Well, bye-bye, boys-only clubs. Within three years, fraternities at Connecticut's Wesleyan University are required to let the ladies in. 

News 12 Connecticut"The move follows the decision earlier this month to close Beta Theta Pi fraternity, that house, after a woman fell from a third-story window."

WFSB"But the school says the changes are not because of one specific incident."

In fact, the school had a lot of incidents, especially with Beta Theta Pi, says The New York Times. And very, very serious ones at that.

"In 2010, administrators banned students from socializing in 'houses or property owned, leased or operated by private societies that are not recognized by the university' — specifically, the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. ... The next semester a student was raped at the Beta Theta Pi house."

And in April, hundreds of students, alumni and faculty signed "A Call to Action" urging the university to end all-male fraternities. 

Wesleyan University doesn't have any residential sororities, but it does have two residential fraternities that will be affected by the change. 

This video includes an image from Peter Bond / CC BY NC SA 2.0.