Grand Valley State University, located in Allendale, Michigan, has temporarily banned alcohol at all fraternity and sorority functions. The decision comes after nine of the university’s fraternity chapters were sanctioned and/or suspended over the past five years due to various code of conduct violations.
In addition to the ban on alcohol, the university has required the school’s Greek life organizations to form a task force of students, faculty, and staff that will examine issues within and expectations among fraternities and sororities.
Grand Valley State University officials said that the ban will remain in place until further notice.
“What we have noticed is a frequency of events that include alcohol that have resulted in sanctions, probation or charter revocation on the part of the national organization. We have decided to take pause and try to get together with our students, faculty and staff to talk about what we can do to prevent further issues like this and improve the community,” Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Loren Rullman told News 8.
Additionally, Dean Of Students Rullan said that while the university will not be checking parties for alcohol, they hope that the fraternities and sororities “will police themselves.”
The decision to ban alcohol at Grand Valley State University Greek life events is just the latest major university decision made in an effort to curb alcohol-related injuries and deaths in recent years.