No more frat parties at Ball State after sexual assaults, alcohol abuse

Posted at 1:06 PM, Oct 25, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-25 13:06:07-04

(WRTV/CNN/RNN) After a rash of sexual assaults and alcohol on the Ball State University campus, all 13 of the Indiana school’s fraternities have agreed to shut down all social events until after Jan. 31.

University officials called it a courageous move. The shutdown occurred days after a 9-year-old girl was struck by a student who was driving drunk, police said.

The news quickly spread over the campus, and reactions were varied.

“The frats just need to get it under control,” Kolby Vaughn told Indianapolis TV station WRTV. “And the higher ups need to take control and enforce their policies. Because we can’t have that kind of stuff. Alcohol and sexual assaults, you can’t have that.”

 Another woman student thinks the frats are getting too much blame.

“Greek life is the perfect scapegoat for the university,” Cat Anagnos said. "There are countless crimes and sexual assaults that happen on campus and off campus at houses that have nothing to do with the Greek community – yet, here we are.”

All fraternity members must attend mandatory classes that focus on alcohol abuse, and that’s not all.

The school will also host events and a workshop regarding sexual assault, sexual violence and bystander intervention, a push the university has had from the beginning that clearly needs to be re-enforced.

Raycom News Network 2017. All rights reserved. WRTV and CNN contributed to this report.