Baruch College has become embroiled in a legal drama over one Greek organization’s right to recruit members.
The City University of New York school has “harassed” members of the Gamma Rho chapter of the Alpha Phi Delta Fraternity after a “moratorium” on Greek pledging in fall 2014, a new lawsuit alleges.
Gamma Rho was officially recognized by Baruch at one time, according to a Manhattan Federal Court lawsuit filed Wednesday.
The chapter decided before the 2015-2016 school year it wouldn’t try for official recognition and kept meeting unofficially off-campus. Gamma Rho contends that because it wasn’t sanctioned by Baruch, the college had no right to impose its rules for Greeks on the chapter or punish it for not following regs.
Yet the college hit at least 10 members with disciplinary charges in April for allegedly violating rules, court papers say. Baruch suspended three Gamma Rhos, delaying their graduation and costing them jobs, court papers charge. School officials declined to comment on the case, citing a policy against commenting on pending litigation.
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