Fraternities that fail to help pledges keep up their grades could be fined under a new policy being introduced by the University of Pittsburgh's Intrafraternity Council.
The council will fine frats $20 for every tenth of a percentage point that each pledge's grade point average falls below 2.5 at the end of a semester.
Zachary Patton, the president of the group which includes frat presidents across the campus, says the average GPA for fraternity members is 3.024, slightly below the 3.042 GPA for all males on campus.
The fines are meant to encourage fraternities to take a student's academic priorities into account when recruiting pledges, and to help those who wind up needing academic assistance.
University spokesman John Fedele says sororities on campus don't have a similar policy.