Updated Nov. 29.
The fraternities at Indiana University cannot host social events where alcohol is served or unsupervised new member activities until next spring.
According to IU vice provost of student affairs Lori Reesor, the University’s Interfraternity Council voted Monday night to temporarily suspend activities.
Reesor wrote in a tweet, “I commend these student leaders for their efforts and look forward to working with them to create a safer environment for all IU students.”
This evening @IUB_IFC unanimously voted to temporarily suspend fraternity social and new member activities. I commend these student leaders for their efforts and look forward to working with them to create a safer environment for all IU students.
— Lori Reesor (@LoriReesor) November 28, 2017
The suspension will continue until February 28, 2018. Reesor will meet with all IFC fraternity chapter presidents and IFC leaders next week.
In a statement, IFC president Andrew Cowie said he hopes to create a more positive atmosphere for fraternities on campus.
“We are looking forward to working with our partners on campus as well as national headquarters and alumni to achieve our common goal of creating a sustainable environment for all of our chapters to excel in future endeavors.”
IU student body president Daniel Niersbach says he is happy to see IFC trying to take control of its community.
“I think it’s great timing, not only have you seen it at larger campuses, with tragedies, such as LSU, FSU and Penn State but also self-imposed suspensions have just happened at Ohio State and Michigan, so it seems to be becoming a big Big 10 theme,” Niersbach says. “I’m happy that IU is part of that because I think it shows we are taking this seriously.”
Niersbach says IFC and its chapter presidents made the decision on their own and for that, he commends them. Niersbach says he wants to see stress put on new member education, sexual assault prevention and curbing alcohol use, which leads to a lot of unsafe behavior.
“I think this is the perfect time for them to govern themselves and really show what IFC is capable of doing with their own Greek system,” Niersbach says. “Where IUSA will primarily get involved is that this isn’t just a Greek issue, it’s unfortunate that male fraternities get the bulk of the national attention when it comes to these topics when they are echoed across other student organizations and academic fraternities on campus.”
IFC leaders have not responded to requests for comment.
The vote comes after several IU fraternities have been suspended in recent years because of violations related to hazing and alcohol: