Penn State President Says the University May Need to "Re-evaluate" Fraternities

Mar 19, 2015

Penn State President Eric Barron speaks to reporters in the Pennsylvania state Capitol on Wednesday, March 18, 2015, in Harrisburg, Pa. A now-suspended Pennsylvania State University fraternity's Facebook posting of photos of nude and partly nude women, some of them asleep or passed out, is sad and offensive and could lead to some students being expelled, the university's president said Wednesday.
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The president of Penn State says the university might need to re-evaluate the entire fraternity system. This soul-searching comes after allegations a fraternity posted nude photos to Facebook of women who appeared to be passed out or asleep.

Penn State President Eric Barron calls the pictures on the Facebook page “appalling” and “potentially criminal.” Speaking to faculty earlier this week, he indicated consequences could come swiftly.

"If those allegations are real, it's intolerable," said Barron. "And I don't think there's any pause that has to come from the university to address an issue like that."

Some are calling for immediate expulsion. Barron says a full investigation should be completed before deciding on any punishments. He also says some senior university leaders see the need to *quote* “re-evaluate” the fraternity system.