Syracuse University: Ban on all fraternity social activity

Category: Cases, Free Speech
Schools: Syracuse University

On November 17, 2019, in response to the alleged use of a racial slur by members of one fraternity and amidst several other racist incidents on campus, Syracuse University suspended all social activities of every Syracuse fraternity for the rest of the fall 2019 semester. Despite the administration admitting that “only one fraternity may have been involved in this particular incident,” and several eyewitnesses claiming that no Syracuse fraternity member uttered the slur, Syracuse proceeded to ban all fraternity social activities. On November 22, FIRE wrote to Syracuse, calling on the university to uphold its commitment to freedom of association by ending its collective punishment of student groups not suspected of any misconduct.