A recent string of high-profile scandals has reopened the debate over whether college fraternities are positive forces for building community on campus or breeding grounds for dangerous attitudes and behavior towards minorities and women.
It's common knowledge that members of fraternities, and sororities as well, often stumble into trouble when their pledging rituals cross the line into hazing territory or when someone underage gets injured at a booze-fueled house party. Those incidents seldom make a big splash in national news outlets, and as a lengthy piece on fraternities published last year in The Atlantic explained, the fraternities are very adept at ducking liability for what happens under their roofs in those cases.
However, several fraternities have gotten their 15 minutes of infamy this month after being suspended by their respective universities for more disturbing offenses. From chants about lynching to marking new pledges with a hot brand, here are some examples of the most egregious behavior that landed fraternity members in hot water.
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