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University of Alabama to End Sorority Segregation

University of Alabama president pushes sororities to end segregation

The University of Alabama will make changes to its sorority system following a report in a student publication revealing discrimination in the Greek-letter organizations' formal recruitment process.

University President Judy Bonner acknowledged Tuesday that the on-campus organizations are segregated by race. Bonner ordered members of a campus association composed of typically white sororities begin using a continuous recruitment process in which new members can be added at any time.

Up until now, the formal fall sorority recruitment lasted for a limited time and ended in August. Bonner also mandated that groups may have up to 360 members — to increase the chances for prospective members.

"The University of Alabama is taking the unprecedented step of opening up the continuous open bidding process to every student, to every sorority on our campus,” Bonner said in a video statement released by the university.

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