The University of Idaho’s Greek student leadership placed a self-imposed moratorium on all alcohol-related activities Tuesday night, citing “a response to the growing national crisis surrounding personal violence like hazing and sexual assault, as well as alcohol abuse.”
The university said there was not a specific on-campus incident that led to the decision, according to a release. The ban was unanimously voted upon by the student-led governing bodies of 34 U of I fraternities and sororities.
The release noted that four fraternity members at colleges across the country have died over the past year due to hazing or alcohol-related events.
Specific benchmarks must be met by each fraternity and sorority before the moratorium is lifted. The duration of the moratorium has yet to be determined.
The University of Idaho is the sixth campus with a moratorium in place by either administration or student governing bodies, according to the release.
“In a time where the future of Greek life is uncertain, the fraternity men at the University of Idaho have taken it upon themselves to recognize the issues we are facing,” incoming Interfraternity Council president Sammy Crofoot said in the statement. “We decided to come together as a community to make the changes necessary to ensure the longevity of a healthy and safe experience in Greek life.”