Annual recruitment has ended for sororities at the University of Alabama with black women making up just 1 percent of new members.
The university released a breakdown of the 2014 sorority pledge class Saturday amid questions over whether the groups accept blacks as new members. Its numbers showed 2,054 women accepted bids to join sororities. Of those, 190 were minorities — including 21 black women.
The student Senate at the University of Alabama delayed considering a resolution that opposed racial segregation within the school's fraternities and sororities. Student government representatives voted Thursday to send the resolution to a committee rather than consider its merits. The student newspaper, the Crimson White, reports the move killed the resolution for this year.
The University of Alabama Faculty Senate planned to resume discussions of a statement urging action by the school administration after recent allegations of racial discrimination during sorority recruitment and voter fraud by Greek organizations.
The Tuscaloosa News reports (http://bit.ly/1gW1alL) that the senate began discussing the statement on Sept. 17. Faculty Senate President Steve Miller said the latest draft will be released Tuesday at a 3:30 p.m. meeting.
The U.S. attorney in Birmingham says her office is monitoring allegations of racial discrimination and segregation within the sorority and fraternity system at the University of Alabama.
U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance tells The Associated Press her staff is looking at federal laws and talking with "a lot" of people in Tuscaloosa. The office has a unit dedicated to enforcement of civil rights laws.
Vance said Thursday it appears the university community is trying to transform itself, and she hopes that progress continues.
Several hundred people were marching at the University of Alabama to oppose racial segregation among the school's Greek-letter social organizations.
The marchers headed from the university library Wednesday morning to the administration building, where the president's office is. The group was gathered on the steps of the administration building Wednesday morning. They stood behind a large banner that said "Last stand in the schoolhouse door."
Representatives of three sororities say they're investigating their recruitment process at the University of Alabama after some groups were accused of rejecting two potential members because they're black.
WTVM-TV reported Thursday that Pi Beta Phi sorority, Chi Omega and Alpha Gamma Delta released statements saying their organizations are investigating after the UA student newspaper, The Crimson White, reported members of two sororities were looking to vote on African-American candidates but were blocked from doing so by alumni members.