Hard booze ban ordered at frat houses

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A ban to clamp down on hard liquor at frat house parties following pledge deaths last year has been ordered for most fraternities in the U.S. and Canada.

All international and national fraternities of the North-American Interfraternity Conference have a year to prohibit drinks with an alcohol content of 15 percent or more from fraternity chapters and events, unless it is served by licensed third-party vendors, the group said Tuesday.

The rule was adopted Aug. 27 in a "near-unanimous vote" and must be implemented by Sept. 1, 2019, conference spokeswoman Heather Kirk said in an emailed release. The group has more than 6,100 chapters on 800 campuses.

Authorities say fraternity pledges suffered alcohol-related deaths at Louisiana State University and Penn State University last year.

Alcohol abuse and "its serious consequences endanger" fraternities' core values of brotherhood, personal development and providing a community of support, said Judson Horras, president and CEO of the Carmel, Indiana-based conference.

"This action shows fraternities' clear commitment and leadership to further their focus on the safety of members and all in our communities," Horras said.

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