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University Chapter Withdraws from National Fraternity; Objects to Bias

A second Wesleyan University chapter of a national fraternity has voted to end its national affiliation because of discrimination issues, University officials reported today.

The Wesleyan chapter of Alpha Chi Rho voted to withdraw after the national fraternity refused to abolish a clause in its ritual which required all members to accept Christian theology. Chapter officials said that while the national fraternity did not bar non-Christians, “a non-Christian certainly could not take part in the ritual.”

Earlier this month, the Wesleyan chapter of Sigma Chi voted to quit the national fraternity because the parent organization restricted membership to “bona fide white students.”