Were federal laws broken at University of Alabama? US attorney monitoring racial discrimination claims

While actions have been taken by the collegiate members to extend bids and accept the women, the actions of the alumnae are still under scrutiny. Kevin Lampe

By The Associated Press 

on September 19, 2013 at 2:36 PM, updated September 19, 2013 at 2:52 PM

University of Alabama students, faculty and others march from the steps Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library to Rose Administration Building on campus to protest racial segregation in the school's greek system in the early morning on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. (Ben Flanagan/al.com)
University of Alabama students, faculty and others march from the steps Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library to Rose Administration Building on campus to protest racial segregation in the school’s greek system in the early morning on Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. (Ben Flanagan/al.com)

TUSCALOOSA, Alabama — 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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