When students go on to university, many of them become involved with various student
organizations, sports, etc. One of the more commonly joined organizations is fraternities.
Numbers show that more than half of university students are involved in Greek life. With such
popularity, it comes as no surprise that some issues are to arise. In recent events, fraternities
across the nation have received much scrutiny over things, such as hazing, bullying,
segregation, substance abuse, etc. These unfortunate events have caused many universities to
take action and terminate or suspend the fraternities from campus. In addition to this, fraternity
members have faced some consequences, such as imprisonment or suspension from school,
because of the actions they were accused of committing in their fraternities.
Many universities in Florida have had to terminate or suspend fraternities from campus due to
their misconduct and erratic behavior. A heavy topic associated with fraternities has been the
consumption of alcohol and the distribution of alcohol to minors. Various fraternities have been
suspended from campus for conducting parties that serve alcohol to minors. Unfortunately,
illegal consumption of alcohol is not the biggest crime fraternities have committed. For example,
several fraternities have been closed due to hazing and several members of the fraternities
have had charges pressed against them for their partaking in hazing.
If you were to find yourself in a situation, such as the ones mentioned, I feel it would be critical
to seek legal representation. Every case is unique in its own way. For example, the way an
attorney would handle hazing accusations would be different from the way they would handle
underage drinking. For that reason, it would be wise to be able to get the necessary help to
defend yourself in any situation involving fraternity life. Accusations being made against you
could be far more severe than one thinks and they could also escalate into an overall larger
issue. As a general piece of advice, try to stray from fraternity life that may encourage wrongful
behavior and be aware of your rights as a student and member of a fraternity.