More than a dozen Ball State fraternities to go dry until February 2018

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MUNCIE, Ind. — More than a dozen fraternities at Ball State University won't have parties for the rest of the year.

Interfraternity Council President Trevor Holland says the decision was made with the university for the safety of their members and the community.

The fraternities won't host or co-host any events with or without alcohol until Jan. 31, 2018.

University officials say decision aims to correct behaviors that weren't consistent with the university's standards.

“I am sure this decision is not going to be a popular decision of everybody but I think everybody would stop and say if we can protect our family, if can protect one student, if we can keep one student from being hurt, or hurting themselves then this is well worth that pause,” said Kathy Wolf, vice president of marketing and communications with Ball State University.

Wolf says the fraternities will remain active and that its members will participate in classes that discuss alcohol use, hazing, bystander intervention and sexual assault.

Wolf says the decision shows leadership and that fraternities are taking a stand.

Trevor Holland, president of the Ball State University Interfraternity Council, issued this statement:

"Our IFC community made a challenging, but important, decision yesterday. We're a community of values and in order to continue our legacy of values- change needs to happen. We are taking the best steps to ensure the safety of our members and longevity of our organizations. I encourage chapters to use this time as a time of reflection, education and brotherhood. As fraternity men, it's our time to truly embrace our organizations values and principles. Fraternity men are leaders on Ball State's campus and leaders impact change.  I know that our community will react and grow stronger because of this agreement with the University."