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Dave Martin, Associated Press
Alabama State University spokesman Ken Mullinax poses at the school in Montgomery, Ala., Thursday, Sept. 19, 2013 with a copy of an ad he and 17 other former Univ. of Alabama campus leaders purchased supporting integration of both white and black Greek-letter groups. Former student leaders at the University of Alabama are supporting more diversity within the school’s racially segregated sorority and fraternity system.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — 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.