Greek life has been banned by the Brandeis administration. The reasoning is that Brandeis was founded with the mission of being open and accepting of everyone, while fraternities and sororities are exclusionary. Brandeis demands openness and acceptance from all of the clubs on campus, not just the frats. This does not mean that fraternities and sororities don’t exist at Brandeis—they are just unofficial. With five fraternities and two sororities, Brandeis does have some semblance of Greek life, but it is nothing like official Greek life at other universities. The frat houses are small, off-campus houses that have large, dark, sketchy basements for parties, and due to the inconveniences of off-campus housing, only a couple of the frat guys will actually live there.
When the fraternities and sororities throw parties, they are some of the better off-campus parties, especially during “rush period” when new members are recruited. There are certainly other parties, but Greek life definitely helps dictate the party scene—or lack thereof. Aside from the parties, the Greek scene is pretty quiet on campus, with frats sponsoring a few community service initiatives and maybe a coffeehouse at Chum’s. Although they are trying to get more recognition by the campus, Greek life seems like it will be underground for many years to come.