A college student with Down syndrome was rejected by her school’s sororities and her sister says it’s because of her condition.
AnnCatherine Heigl rushed eight sorority chapters at George Mason University but was rejected by all of them, according to her sister Lillie.
“I spoke with my sister and she was crying and she was looking at me and she was asking me why no one wanted to be her sister,” Lillie said. “And I was so hurt, and I was so frustrated and angry.”
Lillie sent an email to the school’s Panhellenic Council and later posted about the incident on Twitter.
Mason Panhellenic posted in response that they “do not possess the ability to dictate our chapters’ membership or the process of selecting new members.”
“The Panhellenic’s response doesn’t really surprise me,” Lillie said. “I was involved in Greek life so I understand the Panhellenic as a whole doesn’t control individual chapters’ decisions to accept or not accept a member, but Panhellenic is the system that oversees all those chapters, so that’s who I will hold accountable for chapter behavior.”
Lillie says George Mason has eight sorority chapters and fewer than 300 women rushed this year. She believes that the situation is part of a much larger conversation that Greek life needs to have about inclusivity.