It is clear that fraternities’ downsides outweigh their upsides. They should be banned, holds Renée Graham of The Boston Globe. Incidents of sexual abuse, death due to alcohol and hazing rituals, racist behavior and violence continue to reappear. Being in this environment brings out the worst in students, whether they are male or female. Universities have often done as little as possible to cage this behavior, in a bid to keep donors happy while also working on bolstering their reputation. Suspensions are a bandaid that tends to lead to abuses happening again. Allowing frats to continue needlessly risks the health and lives of students.
While fraternities are all lumped together and get criticized heavily, there are several ways in which they contribute to society, argues Dante Jordan of the Odyssey Online. Many encourage academic success by enforcing study hours, during which all members need to be studying. Some even have a minimum GPA requirement, ensuring that all members pursue academic success. Most fraternities also do fundraising and community work. A key part is the promotion of leadership qualities. Members are helped into positions where these attributes can be honed, encouraging growth that is personal and career-oriented.