13 Ball State fraternities to go alcohol free through January 2018

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MUNCIE, Ind. — More than a dozen fraternities at Ball State University won’t have events that include alcohol 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 Star Press reports the fraternities won’t host or co-host any events with alcohol until Jan. 31, 2018.

Kathy Wolf is the vice president of marketing and communications for the university. She says the decision aims to correct behaviors that weren’t consistent with the university’s standards.

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.”

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