All Greek social events have been canceled for the remainder of the semester at Washington State University, amidst alcohol-related concerns.
WSU’s Panhellenic and Interfraternity Councils unanimously voted for a moratorium on all sorority and fraternity social events because of growing number of assaults, rapes, falls and trips to hospital related to alcohol.
“Although incidents like this greatly hurt the image of an individual chapter, they also greatly degrade the perception and credibility of Greek Life at Washington State University,” wrote a spokesperson in a release.
In early September, a student said she was sexual assaulted at a Delta Upsilon party. Two months earlier, WSU football players were investigated after a fight at a party left three students seriously injured.
In late October, a student was found dead in a Pi Kappa Phi fraternity bedroom.
During the moratorium, chapters are encouraged to "rebrand and collaborate" to restore the community. The Councils will also work with chapters to implement new policies and better enforce existing ones.
If chapters disobey the ban, the Councils could revoke the chapter’s recognition on campus.
Chapters can begin holding events again in the spring, and must adhere to a checklist created by the Councils.