Dartmouth faculty recently voted to abolish the Greek system (11/3/14): 116 for, 13 against, 3 abstain.
5/17/14 Dear Editors, Thank-you for making sexual assault a special issue for Green Key weekend. Thank-you also for doing and analyzing such a large student body survey. While student opinions are interesting---and it makes a good story that the campus is "divided"---the research literature on the topic of rape is *not* divided; it is quite clear. A point entirely missing from your article is how far many student opinions are from the actual published research. This situation reminds me of global warming, when climate-change denyers (and much media) were clinging to the idea that the science was "in debate", when it was not. I'll focus on two key points: 1) The literature is unambiguous on greek life as a contributor to rape. In a national study , sorority members are three times more likely than those in off-campus housing (and twice as likely as those on-campus) to be raped while drunk. Cultural factors such as social competition are the main issues here---reading comments to the D, and arguments at the recent debate on this, it seems that some students deny that culture shapes human behavior. As for the correlation of fraternity membership with rapists, the research is equally clear  . The article  shows that fraternity men use more coercive verbal, physical, and alcohol-related strategies than other students, with p<0.05 in each case and correlation coefficients around 0.2-0.25. To claim that there is no evidence for causation is naive. Frats provide the ideal environment (and training ground) for rapists, most of whom are repeat (serial) offenders, and many of whom are, incidentally, charming and of "high social status". As has been repeated for decades by both insiders and outsiders, faculty and students, the Greek system at Dartmouth needs to go, and to be replaced via a large-scale investment in a non-status-oriented, co-ed, racially-mixed social and residential system. 2) False reporting. David Lisak's research  shows that only 2% of alleged victims falsely report; this is comparable to other serious crimes. It is shocking that 21% of your male respondents believe that false reporting is the *norm* - this misguided and chauvinist belief conveniently fits into a worldview where men can rape with impunity while women are not to be believed. Please, men, educate yourselves a little, even if it is uncomfortable to do so. Yours sincerely, Alex Barnett, Associate Professor of Mathematics.  Mohler-Kuo, M., G. Dowdall, M. Koss, and H. Wechsler. "Correlates of Rape While Intoxicated in a National Sample of College Women." Journal of Studies on Alcohol. 65. (2004): 37-45.  Tyler, K.A., D.R. Hoyt and L.B. Whitbeck. (1998). “Coercive Sexual Strategies,” Violence and Victims, 13(1), 47-61.  Lackie, L. and A.F. deMan. (1997). “Correlates of Sexual Aggression Among Male University Students,” Sex Roles, 37, 451-457.  Lisak et al (2010). Violence Against Women, 16(12) 1318-1334.