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Published April 11, 2012, 07:18 PM

UND Greeks Under Zero Tolerance Policy for Alcohol for Rest of Semester

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Big changes have come to UND. Fraternities and sororities are not going to serve alcohol at parties for the rest of the school year.

By: Stacie Van Dyke, WDAZ

GRAND FORKS (WDAZ-TV) - Big changes have come to UND. Fraternities and sororities are not going to serve alcohol at parties for the rest of the school year.

For the rest of the semester, the university will have a zero tolerance policy that includes an alcohol ban. Any guests who are drinking will not be allowed in the Greek houses.

"That will be quite a change for some of the organizations," UND Police Chief Duane Czapiewski said.

The ban follows a number of incidents on campus this semester within the Greek community for noise violations, among other things.

"Streaking does occur. Sometimes physical assaults, sometimes other forms of tragedy and we would like to avoid all of those if at all possible," Czapiewski said.

Residents 21 or older will still be allowed to drink in their house, making it nearly impossible to monitor. UND police say they will leave that up to administrators of Greek organizations.

"Since they basically know everybody, know who they are, know their age, they're going to be able to deal with that on an individual basis," Czapiewski said.

"Demonstrating that we have a Greek community here that is willing to take some leadership and do some self-policing. There's a general notion that this is a positive step," Vice President for University Relations Peter Johnson said.

But not all students agree with the policy.

"I think it's kind of silly because it's still going to be here. People are still going to find ways and I don't think it's the alcohol. I think it's some people and how they act. Maybe some people should not drink, you know?" Tashina Vilas said.

"I don't really agree with it because we're all adults. We're all 18 years old and it's part of the college life. Everybody is going to drink at some point," Ryley Struckman said.

"I think it's a good idea to have some consequences for this even if it may not be effective, it's better than not doing anything." Mark Williamson said.

The zero tolerance policy will be re-assessed after this semester. One fraternity has already been suspended for drug-related charges.

If someone underage is caught drinking, they will be fined and issued a minor in consumption charge to go before court. Their chapter will also have to go before the judicial board and may be stripped of privileges or completely dismissed.

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