ANN ARBOR, Mich - University of Michigan administrators are investigating after they learned all activities at Greek life fraternities on the campus have been suspended.
This move to suspend fraternity activities was made by the members of the university's Interfraternity Council. In a statement released Friday, the council said it has suspended all social activities and new member pledges.
Here is the IFC's full statement:
As an Interfraternity Council community, we believe in holding our members to a high standard at the University of Michigan. It has come to our attention that some members of the Interfraternity Council community have not been living up to these standards.
In the interim, we are suspending all social activities and new member education programs. We will be working with our national organization partners to ensure that our programs are in alignment with our policies and values.
We believe that social events are a privilege, and we, as a community, have not earned this privilege at this time. We will immediately begin the process of assessing our policies and practices and developing a formal plan going forward.
The IFC Executive Board proposed this plan of action to the IFC chapter presidents tonight, who voted to implement the plan so that we can take proactive steps through self- governance to improve our community.
We are taking time to focus on the health and safety of our members and our community, and we are committed to working with the university, our peers, alumni, and national partners to do so.
IFC Executive Vice President
According to a report by The Michigan Daily, the council is investigating more than 80 sexual assault cases which were reported between July 2015 and June 2016.
Previously paid-for activities will still take place as the investigation is ongoing, but they will have to follow a series of regulations, which include having "sober monitors" attend the event, according to the report.
The Interfraternity Council is the local governing body for National Interfraternity Conference fraternity chapters at the university.
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