ERIC Number: ED296663
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
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Social Fraternities and Sororities Are Not Conducive to the Educational Process.
Maisel, Joyce McPhetres
Concerns about college fraternities and sororities and student values are identified for student personnel administrators. It is noted that fraternities and sororities are exclusionary by practice, sexist in nature, and gender specific by design. They reinforce, without reexamining, the values that their members possess upon entering. Attention is directed to the role of higher education in determining the values of its students, the way that colleges and universities contradict their stated values dealing with the reality of the behavior of the fraternity and sorority life of today, and reasons that campuses should reflect the same values they explicitly profess. It is maintained that part of the job of student personnel officers is to transmit value messages to students. A second role is to develop morals as part of the overall development of students. It is also claimed that alcohol abuse, sexism, racism, destruction of property, and rape are kinds of problems that are more frequently associated with many of the fraternities and sororities of today. It is recommended that the student personnel profession take a stand against institutions such as social fraternities and sororities that do not reflect and engender the higher moral values of society. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (St. Louis, MO, March 27-30, 1988).