Report: University of Michigan IFC suspends Greek Life social events

A student-run council at the University of Michigan has suspended fraternity social events after allegations of sexual misconduct and hazing involving fraternity members.

ANN ARBOR, MICH. - All Greek Life social functions at the University of Michigan have been suspended by the student-run Interfraternity Council, the Michigan Daily reported Thursday evening.

University administrators were trying to confirm the move, U-M spokesman Rick Fitzgerald told the Free Press late Thursday night.

"IFC leaders are students and this is part of their self-governance function," Fitzgerald said.

The move came at a meeting of the IFC, which included the presidents of several U-M fraternities, the Michigan Daily reported. The student newspaper was at the meeting, it reported.

"The allegations include: claims of sexual misconduct cases involving fraternity brothers, six incidents of reported hazing, more than 30 hospital transports for students during the weekend of the football game against Michigan State as well as seven called during Halloween weekend, an unauthorized “Champagne and Shackles” event — in which dates at a party are handcuffed to one another until the two people finish a full bottle of champagne — which transpired this past weekend, multiple allegations of drugging members in undisclosed fraternity chapters and three specific hazing allegations reported this week where fraternity members were put in alleged near-death situations," the Daily wrote in its story.

The Daily said it had seen copies of emails sent to members of two fraternities explaining the move.

"The suspension includes a ban on social events like mixers and date parties, hazing activities with new pledges — including lineups — and general brotherhood meetings involving alcohol," the Daily wrote.

In 2015, following reports of wild parties involving fraternity members, U-M President Mark Schlissel called on Greek Life to reform itself.

"It's not my ambition to get rid of fraternities and sororities," Schlissel told reporters after a speech to the Detroit  Economic Club in 2015. "There's a tremendous amount of positive they bring to our campus."

But unless "the students moderate some of the risky behavior ... they may naturally wither and people may want to stop joining them," Schlissel said. “There is a culture problem not only among students of Greek life but significantly inside of Greek life having to do with the overuse of alcohol, which really does need to be moderated.”

Earlier this week, Florida State University's administrators suspended all Greek life on its campus following the death of a pledge and the unrelated arrest of a fraternity member on drug charges.

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