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Feds Monitoring Sorority and Fraternity Segregation at Alabama

50 Years after Gov. George Wallace Blocked Entrance of Black Students

by Jay Reeves
Associated Press

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    Universtiy of Alabama President Judy Bonner, left center, talks with student Khortlan Patterson, 19, of Houston, Tex., after about 400 students and faculty members marched on the Rose Administration Building to protest the university's segregated sorority system on the campus in Tuscaloosa, Ala., Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. Bonner separately issued a video statement acknowledging the system is segregated by race, and she says groups made membership decisions based on race. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. attorney in Birmingham says her office is monitoring allegations of racial discrimination and segregation within the sorority and fraternity system at the University of Alabama.

U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance tells The Associated Press her staff is looking at federal laws and talking with "a lot" of people in Tuscaloosa. The office has a unit dedicated to enforcement of civil rights laws.

Vance said Thursday it appears the university community is trying to transform itself, and she hopes that progress continues.

But she also says her office is dedicated to making sure anti-discrimination laws are followed.

Recent reports in Alabama's student newspaper highlighted segregated sororities, prompting administrators to order changes in recruitment.

Former student leaders have published an ad in the newspaper encouraging more diversity.

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