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Black Greek-Letter Organizations 2.0New Directions in the Study of African American Fraternities and Sororities$
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Matthew W. Hughey and Gregory S. Parks

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781604739213

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604739213.001.0001

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. Old School Values and New School Methods

. Old School Values and New School Methods

Preserving the Integrity of the Pledge Process and Defending against Hazing Liability

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Black Greek-Letter Organizations 2.0

Dara Aquila Govan

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter argues that hazing liability will bankrupt the finances and traditions of black Greek-letter organizations (BGLOs) and issues a plea for a return to “pledging.” In order to avert their demise, it urges BGLOs to engage in more dialogue about membership intake, perform organizational studies to assess “acceptable” components of the process, share such information with the general bodies of each fraternity and sorority in order to reach democratic consensus, revisit and possibly raise the standards for membership selection, and strengthen the current anti-hazing policies and procedures. The chapter looks at the roots of the BGLO movement, hazing trends, and the effectiveness of the BGLO response to increased incidents of hazing.

Keywords:   hazing, black Greek-letter organizations, pledging, membership, organizational studies, anti-hazing

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