Co-ed mandate for Greek life reversed at Trinity College

  • The mandate was announced in 2012 with the purpose of changing social life on the campus.
  • Eighty-two percent of the student population voted against the mandate, but it was not repealed until Trinity President Berger-Sweeney reversed the mandate.

Trinity College in Connecticut, has decided to reverse its co-education mandate for Greek organizations.

The mandate was announced in 2012, after a committee with the purpose of changing social life on the campus released a report titled “Charter for Building Social Community at Trinity College.”

"I do not believe that requiring coed membership is the best way to address gender discrimination..."   

The report detailed plans not only for Greek life, but for other social spaces and a new student code. The report stated that the majority of the faculty and a portion of the committee were in favor of completely abolishing the Greek system.

Eighty-two percent of the student population voted against the mandate, but it was not repealed until Trinity President Berger-Sweeney reversed the mandate set by her predecessor.

“Gender equity is, and remains, an ongoing priority for Trinity College,” Berger-Sweeney wrote in a letter to the student body. “Furthermore, I do not believe that requiring coed membership is the best way to address gender discrimination or to promote inclusiveness. In fact, community-wide dialogue concerning this issue has been divisive and counterproductive.”

This is not the first time the college has attempted something of this nature; the school tried a similar policy 23 years ago.

Even though the policy was in place for the 2014-2015 school year, no male student has joined a sorority and no female student has joined a fraternity.


Other schools have tried similar co-ed mandates, such as Wesleyan University, which has been sued for sex discrimination by a fraternity.

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