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Fraternity Membership Policy

Since the fall semester 1997, all Bowdoin students are prohibited from joining fraternities. Students involved in rushing, pledging, perpetrating, and initiating activities by fraternities and similar selective-membership social organizations will be dismissed permanently from Bowdoin College.

In March 1997, the College’s Board of Trustees voted to replace the fraternity system with the College House system and to phase out fraternities by May 2000. This policy covers all Bowdoin students and fraternities and their relationships with other similar private, selective-membership social organizations, whether they are residential or non-residential, or have any local or national affiliation. Violations of College regulations regarding membership in and other activities related to private, selective-membership social organizations will be considered violations of Bowdoin’s Social Code and will be adjudicated according to the normal Judicial Board procedures.