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Ball State University Fraternities Go Dry

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By    |   Wednesday, 25 October 2017 08:29 AM

Ball State University’s fraternities have pledged to go dry for the next three months in an effort to re-shape youth culture at the university.

The decision was made by school staff and presidents of all 13 fraternities at Ball State University who agreed that there would be no alcohol consumed at any fraternity social gatherings or co-hosted events until Feb. 2018, USA Today reported.

The mutual agreement was made on Monday .

"The fraternities are taking a stand and showing leadership, signing a joint letter with the university," Kathy Wolf, the university's vice president for marketing and communications said, per USA Today.

"It’s not one single incident that has caused this."

Since news of the pledge emerged social media ignited as students across the country aired their views on the matter, with many posts nodding at an increase in sexual assault on campus as the motivating factor.

“It is obvious that Ball State University needs to change its behavior and image in regards to preventing sexual assault/misconduct,” remarked one student, Ben Polk.

“We all can and should do our part to improve going forward, both as a university and as a community.”

Former student Brittany Boyer added, “I feel like we can back this up a little and discuss the huge double standards comparing sororities and fraternities... but that may be a little exhausting. Something, like this, is better than nothing?”

Wolf said the decision to go dry was not specifically linked to the rise in cases of sexual harassment and assault occurring within the university.

“This is not the result of just sexual assaults that are happening in fraternities," Wolf said, according to The Star Press.

"This is a pattern with different types of behaviors that are not consistent to Ball State standards.”

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