Dartmouth College 'Animal House' Frat Loses Appeal, Recognition

May 8, 2015


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Dartmouth College has rejected an appeal by a fraternity accused of branding new members, ending efforts by the Greek organization that partly inspired the 1976 movie "Animal House" to remain recognized on campus.

Alpha Delta appealed last month after a campus judiciary committee withdrew its recognition as a student organization. The college told The Associated Press on Friday that the appeal was denied.

Alpha Delta has previously been disciplined for hazing, serving alcohol to minors and hosting unregistered parties. It was under suspension when the branding happened last fall.

The fraternity's lawyer, George Ostler, said he had not seen the order and couldn't immediately comment. He previously described the branding as a voluntary form of self-expression.

Fraternities are under scrutiny nationwide as colleges grapple with high-risk drinking and sexual assault.