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Pennsylvania college’s fraternities disband amid protests

May 1, 2019

SWARTHMORE, Pa. (AP) — The only two fraternities at Swarthmore College have decided to disband amid outrage over documents containing derogatory comments about women and the LGBTQ community and jokes about sexual assault.

The decisions to disband Delta Upsilon and Phi Psi at the private liberal arts college in suburban Philadelphia were announced in social media postings the fraternities made late Tuesday night.

Dozens of student protesters at Swarthmore had occupied the on-campus Phi Psi house during a four-day sit-in, calling for both fraternities to be shut down and the buildings put to other uses. Swarthmore had suspended fraternity activity while it investigated. Its lone sorority wasn’t affected.

In mid-April, two campus publications, The Phoenix and Voices, released internal Phi Psi documents from 2012 to 2016 that they say were anonymously leaked.

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