- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

North Carolina State University’s recent ban against alcohol consumption at fraternity events does not include the school’s five historically black fraternities.

The university announced the decision Friday to crack down on alcohol after a racially offensive pledge book allegedly belonging to a Pi Kappa Phi member was discovered at a local restaurant and separate allegations of drugs and sexual assault surfaced at Alpha Tau Omega, The Associated Press reported.

A news release from university spokesman Fred Hartman said the school worked with the Interfraternity Council (IFC) to temporarily suspend social events that involve alcohol. Only problem is that the ban doesn’t apply to the school’s black fraternities, which are separately organized under the National Pan-Hellenic Council, The Daily Caller reported.

Brad Bohlander, the university’s chief communications officer, explained that the alcohol ban was the IFC’s idea in the first place.

“The university agreed to support and partner with the IFC on the temporary cessation of social activities including alcohol for IFC fraternities as a positive step toward working with the Greek community on efforts to put in place measures to better address and elevate expectations for high standards of behavior,” Mr. Bohlander told The Daily Caller.

In announcing the alcohol crackdown, the school said it also plans training on diversity for chapters and other measures to increase accountability, AP reported.


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