Simon Fraser University released a ruling in 1966 that deemed greek life societies on campus “undesirable” due to the negative connotations further citing that fraternities and sororities promote a type of exclusiveness that could be detrimental to the student body. Upon further review, the ruling used Stanford University, Queen’s University, and the University of Saskatchewan as examples of student bodies that are sustaining positive morale without Greek Life on campus.
An op-ed published just a few months before the ruling, highlighting further criticisms of the “toxicity” of Greek Life, particularly sororities. The author A.M Unrau touched on the harsh “rushing” and hazing that takes place during the so-called application process of joining Greek Life.
Not only did Unrau echo the concern that sororities would have a negative impact on the mental health of the female student body, she brought attention to the fact that highly positioned individuals in Greek Life society also held similar positions within the student body. This could possibly result in decisions that are beneficial to the fraternal philosophy and not one that accurately depicts the opinion of the student body.
In 2008, a non-binding plebiscite was conducted resulting in 57% of the student body in favour of introducing Greek Life at SFU. The vote has yet to be acknowledged by the Simon Fraser Student Society, even 11 years later.