Anti-jewish Discrimination in Williams College Fraternities Subsides

Although religious and racial discrimination in college fraternities on the Williams College campus has decreased as a result of the administration’s order in 1955 to end discriminatory membership bars, there is still some prejudice, according to a student study released here this week-end.

The student council’s committee on discrimination found that in general the atmosphere on campus had improved and could be expected to continue to improve. However, it noted that in several Greek letter societies Jews were barred as a result of an “unwritten agreement” between the local chapter and the national organization. Most fraternities, the report continued, admitted Jews to membership but limited the number who belong at one time. Since 1953, it reported, the number of Jews who became fraternity members has doubled.

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