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Colleges Turn to Campuswide Bans of Fraternity, Sorority Parties

When a 16-year-old girl reported having been raped by two men at a Johns Hopkins University fraternity party last week, the university moved quickly to punish the chapter. Neither the victim nor the men are believed to be affiliated with Sigma Alpha Epsilon or the university, but Johns Hopkins said the incident was related to underage drinking at the off-campus house, and placed the chapter on interim suspension.

“We are in discussions about additional steps we can and must take in light of last weekend’s reported incident in order to protect the safety and well-being of our students and our visitors,” Kevin Shollenberger, the university’s vice provost for student affairs, said in an email to John Hopkins students.

On Friday, the university announced that open parties at fraternities are banned for the rest of the semester. It’s a measure that some John Hopkins students worry could dramatically alter the university’s social scene, but collective punishment of Greek systems has been used with some frequency at other colleges this academic year, as well.