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All Ball State fraternities banned from parties until 2018

Posted at 1:44 PM, Oct 24, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-24 21:57:12-04

MUNCIE, Ind. -- After multiple incidents that don't meet standards, all 13 fraternities at Ball State University are not allowed to have any social events for the next few months, the university announced Tuesday.

A Ball State official said this decision did not come from one single event, but a "pattern of different types of events not consistent with Ball State's standards," such as sexual assaults and alcohol problems.

This is the latest piece of bad publicity for Ball State. Over the weekend, a 9-year-old girl was struck by a student who was driving drunk, police said. 

The decision on the fraternities was made Monday night. The ruling will be lifted on Jan. 31, 2018.

"If it's in the name of safety, I'm all for it. The frats need to get it under control. The higher ups need to enforce the policies. We can't have that sort of stuff. The alcohol and sexual assault, we can't have that," said Kolby Vaughn, BSU junior.

The university said it will spend time educating its students in the future. All fraternity members must attend mandatory classes that focus on alcohol abuse.

While none of the Ball State fraternities are closing, at least seven fraternities in Indiana have closed since 2005.

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On Twitter, many students connected the dots between recent sexual assaults and the fraternities' not having social events.

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