Texas State Suspends 4 Fraternities For 'Alcohol-Related Violations'

Texas State Suspends 4 Fraternities For 'Alcohol-Related Violations'

By Britni de la Cretaz 02/02/17

A day after the violations occurred, a student was found dead near the scene of a party hosted by the fraternities. 

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Four Texas State University fraternities were suspended last month, following “alcohol-related policy violations.” The fraternities Pi Kappa Alpha, Alpha Tau Omega, Kappa Alpha and Delta Tau Delta were suspended for two, three, four and five years, respectively, according to San Antonio Express-News.

On Oct. 29, 2016, Alpha Delta Pi sorority member Jordin Taylor was found dead near the scene of a party hosted by the fraternities the night before. Her cause of death was "consistent with being stuck and dragged by the bus," according to Guadalupe County Sheriff Arnold Zwicke. 

University spokesman Matt Flores did not say the suspension was related to Taylor’s death, which was ruled an accident. The decision came after a review conducted by a student justice panel.

Fraternities have long been marred by concerns about the role alcohol plays in frat culture. There are many cases of alcohol-related hazing deaths in frat houses. Just this week, Miami University (Ohio) officials announced that alcohol was suspected to have played a role in the recent death of a freshman student. In 2015, parents sued a Boston University fraternity and several of its members related to the hazing death of their son. Also in 2015, a South Carolina fraternity member died of alcohol poisoning while celebrating St. Patrick's Day.

Last fall, Washington State University canceled several fraternity and sorority events amid concerns about alcohol and drug use. According to the letter released by the school, alcohol and drug use, rapes, sexual assaults, and hospitalizations led to the decision to suspend Greek activity. Events were banned regardless of whether or not they included alcohol.

Banning fraternities has also been suggested due to the sexual assault rates that come out of frat houses: members of fraternities have been found to commit rape at a rate 300% higher than average. Many of those rapes are alcohol-assisted. 

In an attempt to curb alcohol-related injuries and offenses, many fraternities are exploring education and intervention programs. However, one study found that alcohol interventions have little to no effect on curbing drinking in fraternities. Maybe suspension of Greek life from campus will have more of an effect. 

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Britni de la Cretaz is a freelance writer, baseball enthusiast, and recovered alcoholic living in Boston. Follow her on Twitter at @britnidlc.

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