College of Charleston President Glenn McConnell announced a temporary ban on the South Carolina school’s fraternities and sororities serving alcohol at their functions, proclaiming in a posting on the institution’s website that “enough is enough.”
“Earlier today, the College, after consulting with student leaders within the Greek life community, suspended all alcohol-related social activities for its fraternities and sororities effective immediately,” Mr. McConnell said in the announcement, which was posted Tuesday on the website. “The suspension of individual chapters will be lifted once the Division of Student Affairs has conducted a review of the organization and each chapter’s members have successfully completed additional education and training regarding alcohol and substance abuse, associated high-risk behavior and bystander intervention.
“I am a product of and advocate for the fraternity and sorority life system,” Mr. McConnell said in the statement. “I have consistently told our chapter members that I’ll be their champion, but that I’ll also hold them to a higher standard of civility, integrity and respect.”
The College of Charleston proclaimed the policy the day after the 246-year-old institution garnered a #15 ranking on the Princeton Review’s list of the nation’s top party schools, The Post and Courier observed in an article in Wednesday’s edition of the newspaper.
It is unclear what, if any, extent that development played in either the formulation of the policy or the timing of its announcement.