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WSU Greek councils impose ban on all fraternity, sorority social events

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PULLMAN, Wash. -

In a press release Monday evening, the Washington State University Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council announced they have imposed a ban on all fraternity and sorority events due to what the councils call a growing problem in regards to alcohol-related incidents in the Greek community this semester.

Both councils gathered on November 2 and 3 to discuss possible solutions to the problem. Following these meetings it was decided to implement a moratorium on all social events hosted by fraternities and sororities on campus. The ban is in place regardless of the presence of alcohol. The ban is in effect starting Monday evening at 5 p.m.

The councils say that throughout the fall semester there has been a "concerning rise" in the number of assaults, rapes, falls and hospitalizations due to overuse of alcohol and drug consumption by people in their chapters.

"With the current negative reputation our community possesses, it is needless to say that the future of Greek Life at this institution is in jeopardy," the release says.

The councils believe that banning social events at fraternities and sororities, students will be able to refocus their priorities on "bettering the ideals in which their respective chapters were founded on."

The councils say the ban should not be viewed as a punishment, but as an opportunity to rebrand and collaborate with all chapters for the restoration of the Greek community.

Read the full letter about the ban here.

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