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Columbia Students Set Deadline for College Organizations to Abolish Bias Provisions

The student board of Columbia College announced it has recommended to Columbia University that October 1, 1956, be set as a deadline for college organizations to abolish written racial and religious barriers in their constitutions. Members of the board said the resolution was aimed specifically at seven of Columbia’s 16 fraternities.

Although the resolution did not carry with it suggestions for enforcement, Gene Courties, chairman of the student board, said the university “if they so desire could take action against groups which violate the deadline by revoking their charters, denying them use of university facilities and privileges–including the name “Columbia” in chapter titles–and by barring such groups from membership in Pamphratria, the campus inter-fraternity organization.