Northwestern University Suspends Fraternities for Underage Drinking and Drug Use

Northwestern University announced on Monday that it had suspended two fraternity houses pending investigations into allegations that fraternities provided alcohol and marijuana to under-age members. But it left open the possibility that they could be …

Northwestern University announced on Monday that it had suspended two fraternity houses pending investigations into allegations that fraternities provided alcohol and marijuana to under-age members. But it left open the possibility that they could be cleared of the allegations — or allowed to stay open — if the young men involved later take responsibility for what occurred.

The suspension of Alpha Epsilon Pi’s order to niether scout nor participate in any events means that people who requested tickets to midnight to 3 a.m. events will not be able to join the Greek chapter. In addition, Greek organizations at Northwestern, as well as others in the Illinois State University, will have to hold adult supervision from the start of the next school year. If adults cannot provide such supervision, they must apply to be included in the Future Leaders program that gives high schoolers real-world experiences.

“As a result of recent media reporting, it is expected that each organization in the future leaders program will have a representative person who has completed a coursework component which includes training in evaluating levels of risk and assisting individuals with adverse effects from drinking alcohol and using marijuana and hashish,” said Brian Borosick, Northwestern’s associate vice president for public affairs and media relations.

Mr. Borosick added that no arrests have been made in connection with the investigations. The university did not release the names of the fraternities involved.

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