U. of Minnesota fraternity leaders ban alcohol at parties after 3 reported sexual assaults in as many weekends
October 5, 2010
Fraternity leaders at the University of Minnesota have taken the unusual step of banning alcohol at parties after three reported sexual assaults in as many weekends at different houses.
"This was a very significant step. I would say a revolutionary step," said senior Martin Chorzempa, president of the Interfraternity Council, a student group that oversees 24 fraternities at the university. "It needs to stop."
The council's chapter members voted unanimously Sunday to impose the party ban, effective Monday.
The group also suspended one of the fraternities where an attack was reported, Delta Kappa Epsilon, for four years. The chapter has also been suspended by its international parent organization.
The latest incident occurred late Thursday or early Friday. A 19-year-old university student reported she was sexually assaulted at the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity house.