The University of South Carolina plans to pursue an end to pledging at its fraternities and sororities.
According to the Columbia Free Times, school leaders proposed the idea during a summit with Greek organizations last month. The idea could be in place as soon as the 2017-18 school year.
The thought is that ending pledge terms would turn Greek organizations back to their core principles and provide a constructive environment for personal, professional and leadership development.
At least 18 fraternity chapters at the school have been shut down or placed on probation due to alcohol, drug or hazing violations over the past three years.
The idea is unpopular with many frat and sorority members, who say the plan is an overreach that is unlikely to stop alcohol abuse on campus. They says pledging can still be done responsibly.
However at least two fraternities at USC have already banned pledging activities at the national level. That includes the national chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Sigma Phi Epsilon.
Dartmouth College in Hanover, NH and Baruch College in New York City banned pledging last year, and some schools have eliminated their Greek organizations altogether. Clemson University briefly suspended activities for its 24 fraternities after the death of a fraternity pledge during a forced morning run.