After WSU’s crackdown, University of Idaho students impose drinking-party ban

The goal is to curb binge drinking, hazing and sexual violence and a response to what the president of the Greek Council called a “growing national crisis” on college campuses.

The student-run organizations that oversee the University of Idaho’s Greek system have approved an indefinite ban on parties involving alcohol, following action at Washington State University.

The goal is to curb binge drinking, hazing and sexual violence.

The moratorium received unanimous approval this month from UI’s Interfraternity Council, Panhellenic Council and Multicultural Greek Council, panels of students that govern the university’s 34 fraternities and sororities. In a joint statement, the leaders of those groups said they recognized glaring problems in the Greek community and were taking a proactive step to fix them.

“We strongly believe that the safety and well-being of not only our Greek communities, but also our Vandal family on campus, is very crucial and should be prioritized,” said Gabriela Franco, an accounting student and the president of the Multicultural Greek Council.

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The statement said the moratorium is not a reaction to any single incident at UI but a response to a “growing national crisis” on college campuses.

In the past year, at least four fraternity members at U.S. colleges have died in hazing and alcohol-related incidents. They include 19-year-old Tim Piazza, whose grisly death in February spurred high-profile indictments against members of his fraternity at Penn State University. Piazza fell down a flight of stairs during a hazing ritual, receiving a traumatic brain injury, but his brothers in Beta Theta Pi waited nearly 12 hours before calling 911.

Moratoriums on social events have been imposed on at least five other college campuses, either by the administrations or by students themselves, according to UI. A year ago, WSU’s Greek system…

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