Fraternities are finding themselves under fire for bad behavior

This photo shows the Sigma Chi fraternity house after the University of Houston suspended the fraternity Tuesday, March 17, 2015, in Houston, Texas. The University of Houston president suspended the university's Sigma Chi fraternity chapter in the wake of fraternity allegations at the chapter. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Gary Coronado)

Racist chants. Nude photos of unconscious women. A criminal investigation into hazing.

Fraternities around the country seem to be coming under fire as never before over behavior that would shock the frat boys of “Animal House.”

Despite a major national push to reduce drinking and sexual assault on campus and increase diversity, some fraternity chapters have failed to clean up their act. Universities – and the fraternities’ national offices – are quickly punishing the offenders amid yet more promises of reform.

Some critics blame popular culture, saying it is making fraternities essentially ungovernable.

Defenders say that fraternities do a lot of good work and hold members accountable for their behavior. They say the focus on fraternity misconduct is misguided.

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