Duke Suspends Sorority Activities (Update)

January 28, 2016

UPDATE: Duke University partially lifted its ban on sorority activities Wednesday, hours after the suspension began following the hospitalization of a student for an "alcohol-related issue." The decision to ease the ban came after a meeting between chapter leaders and Duke administrators Wednesday evening. 

"All agreed that what happened last night was unacceptable and that steps must be taken to prevent any similar recurrence," Larry Moneta, Duke's vice president for student affairs, said in a statement. "Sorority chapters may host events including study breaks, sisterhood events, chapter meetings and philanthropy/community service activities. Further sanctions are expected to be lifted in the near future."


EARLIER: Duke University suspended all sorority activity Wednesday after a new member of a university chapter was hospitalized in critical condition for "an alcohol-related issue." In a statement Wednesday, Larry Moneta, vice president for student affairs, said the student is expected to recover and that the suspension -- which he said was due to "concerns about activities that have taken place during the most recent rush and bid periods" -- will last "until further notice."

"The university's student affairs staff is meeting with all 10 chapter presidents and the Panhellenic Executive Board to review Duke's expectations for all sororities and their members, and each chapter will be asked to review its activities to ensure compliance with policies on social events, rush and alcohol use," Moneta said. "The health, well-being and safety of our students is the highest priority, and we look forward to working with the sorority leaders toward that end."

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