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Phi Kappa Theta Fraternity house at San Diego State University. What benefits do fraternities provide to the students who take part in them?
A fraternity at the University of Southern California has been placed on probation by the university after a student from another school was injured while attending a party at USC's Greek Row last week. She apparently fell from a table she had been dancing on and had to be hospitalized.
USC has also banned fraternities from holding parties during weekdays for the rest of the semester in part due to a series of other alcohol-related hospitalizations involving the fraternities.
And frats at other schools are dealing with the same types of problems. In 2010 Cal Poly banned their fraternities from recruiting newly arrived students after a freshman died from drinking too much during an initiation ritual.
College fraternities claim their goals are to promote brotherhood and philanthropy, but they're often in the news for reasons that don't quite line up with those values.
Do frats still provide some positive benefits for their members and the community? Or have these groups become breeding grounds for binge drinking and sexual assault? Tell us your experiences with fraternities or sororities. Do you find them to be more beneficial or harmful to college students?
Joshua Sheffer, an attorney in DC dedicated to representing victims of school violence, including hazing.
David Stollman, President of CAMPUSPEAK, which provides education speaks to universities and colleges. He is a co-founder of the national organization HazingPrevention.org