BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Fraternity events on the Indiana University campus in Bloomington are temporarily suspended.
University leaders announced the decision late Monday night after a unanimous vote from the Interfraternity Council, according to Vice Provost for Student Affairs Lori Reesor.
“I commend these student leaders for their efforts and look forward to working with them to create a safer environment for all IU students,” Reesor wrote on Twitter about the vote.
Reesor said the decision affects fraternity social and new member activities.
This evening @IUB_IFC unanimously voted to temporarily suspend fraternity social and new member activities. I commend these student leaders for their efforts and look forward to working with them to create a safer environment for all IU students.
— Lori Reesor (@LoriReesor) November 28, 2017
Dan Niersbach, student body president at IU, said he was proud of the decision, which will suspend activities until the middle of spring.
“Now is the time to create real change in our Greek system and address the culture it creates. The IU Greek community will be safer and stronger,” Niersbach wrote on Twitter following the decision.
Proud of @IUB_IFC for temporarily suspending social functions and restricting new member activities until mid spring. Now is the time to create real change in our Greek system and address the culture it creates. The IU Greek community will be safer and stronger. #IU
— Dan (@DNiersbach) November 28, 2017
On campus, reaction from the student body was mixed following the news. Dylan Horowitz, a fraternity member of Alpha Epsilon Pi called the move frustrating due to the importance social events hold over those involved in Greek life.
“We came here not only to get an education but to be in Greek life and when that is taken away it feels very frustrating,” he said.
Some students like Jane Amadeo said they understood the move, but question how effective it would be.
"Alcohol is a problem in a lot of different groups and areas, and I feel like that its going to be a problem even if you stop it," she said.
Just last month, the Sigma Nu fraternity was closed over hazing and alcohol violations. In January, Delta Tau Delta closed due to “multiple instances of hazing.” Those decisions were made by the national offices of both fraternities.
Monday’s decision, which does not include sororities, was self-imposed by IU’s Interfraternity Council, a group made up of students involved in Greek life at the university.
In a series of tweets the council explained their decision saying “no specific incident has happened at Indiana university to precipitate this response nor did IU have any specific plans for actions with the entire fraternity system…Rather, the IFC wanted to make a strong statement that demonstrates their commitment to a Greek community that lives up its values of scholarship, brotherhood, and service.”
Below is IFC's statement. pic.twitter.com/KpizUR0rur
— Indiana IFC (@IUB_IFC) November 28, 2017