University Bans Frat From Having Hard Alcohol After Rape Claim
BOZEMAN, Mont. (AP) — A Montana State University fraternity has accepted permanent sanctions for violating the university’s alcohol policy, student conduct code and fraternity/sorority risk management policy.
The sanctions announced Monday came about three months after a woman said she believed she had been drugged and sexually assaulted at the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity house during a party. Campus police have turned over the results of their investigation to the Gallatin County attorney’s office.
“These sanctions are the result of many meetings between the fraternity and myself on how to improve the safety of the fraternity’s guests when they consume alcohol,” Matt Caires, MSU dean of students said in a statement. “In my 15 years of working closely with fraternities through student affairs, I’ve never seen a fraternity hold themselves accountable at this level.”
The sanctions include prohibiting the consumption of hard alcohol on fraternity property and requiring sexual assault prevention training for members. Beer and wine will still be allowed at fraternity parties.
Beginning next fall, the fraternity has agreed to have several members remain sober during gatherings to make sure guests get home safely.
“We want our fraternity to be safe and our members to be responsible,” said Jack Murrey, student president of Pi Kappa Alpha.
Murrey said the fraternity members considered banning alcohol use entirely, but didn’t think that would be realistic.
“What we’re aiming for is to have our members and guests drink responsibly and safely,” Murrey said in a statement. “If this doesn’t work, we know there will be consequences.”
If Pi Kappa Alpha commits future violations, it could lose its university recognition, MSU officials said.
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