March 1st, 2012 | University

Administrators ban fall semester rush for freshmen

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Photo by Christopher Peak.

Beginning next fall, freshmen hoping to joining Greek organizations will not be able to rush until spring semester, Yale College Dean Mary Miller and Dean of Student Affairs Marichal Gentry announced in an email Thursday.

“Adjusting to the rigors of college life and academics is a major transition for entering undergraduates,” the email stated. “We hope this change will provide freshmen adequate time to orient themselves more thoroughly to the richness of the broad Yale experience.”

Miller and Gentry added that spring rush is the “standard practice” among many of Yale’s peer institutions, a practice that both administrators said will allow freshmen more time to explore the “full range of activities” available on campus. Miller and Gentry’s email said administrators would speak with student leaders in the next few months about ways to implement the new regulation.

Most of Yale’s fraternities are not registered with the Yale College Dean’s Office.