Pitt Fraternities to Face Fines for Pledges’ Low Grades

The Interfraternity Council at the University of Pittsburgh has instituted a policy that calls for fraternities to be fined $20 for every tenth of a percentage point below a 2.5 grade-point average that individual pledges earn. The new policy is part of an effort to raise the average GPA for fraternity members above the average GPA of all male students on the campus. The council’s president told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette that the new policy was not a response to pressure from the university. A Pitt spokesman said sororities there do not have a similar policy, according to the newspaper.

A statement from the North-American Interfraternity Conference says it and its member fraternities “have established minimum 2.5 GPA as an academic requirement in order to be eligible to join a fraternity. It is not uncommon to see Interfraternity Councils raise these minimum standards to improve the academic performance of their communities.”

The group was unaware of similar fine policies like the one at Pitt, nor was Mic Wilson, executive director of Kappa Sigma, whose national headquarters is in Charlottesville, Va. He said in general he believes education programs and incentives are the best way to improve grades.

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