- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 18, 2020

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico State University is starting a new initiative focused on the health, safety and well-being of students involved in fraternity and sorority life.

School officials said the effort is based on a model used at large universities elsewhere and a website that will provide more details is being developed.

NMSU Dean of Students Ann Goodman said the goal is to come up with strategies and common guidelines for accountability and address challenges such as alcohol abuse, hazing, sexual harassment and sexual assault that have plagued fraternity and sorority communities across the country.

Goodman is new to the university and said she wants to build a positive fraternity and sorority community on campus.

About 400 students belong to the eight fraternities and six sororities at New Mexico State University.

As part of the plan, a permanent fraternity and sorority excellence committee would be created. The panel would serve as an advisory board to review and support the needs of the groups.

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