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Sanctions against Duke sororities 'partially lifted'

Posted January 27, 2016

— Duke University officials announced Wednesday night that sanctions against campus sororities were "partially lifted" following an emergency meeting with the Panhellenic Executive Board and 10 Panhellenic chapter presidents.

University officials implemented the sanctions following an alcohol-related incident that occurred during a rush event held Tuesday night.

According to an email sent out Wednesday, a new sorority member was hospitalized overnight and was listed in critical condition. The student is expected to fully recover.

A number of incidents during sorority rush and bid periods caused concern, university officials said.

Larry Moneta, Duke's vice president for student affairs, said chapters may host events including study breaks, sisterhood events, chapter meetings and philanthropy/community service activities.

"A candid and productive conversation focused on steps that can be taken to undermine a social culture, not unique to Duke, that is excessively focused on alcohol use and abuse," Monteta said in a statement. "All agreed that what happened last night was unacceptable and that steps must be taken to prevent any similar recurrence. The women committed to focusing on lasting reforms within their own communities and all agreed to engage in further conversations within the sorority system and among all students at Duke with a goal of identifying specific and actionable proposals for the immediate future."

Moneta said he expects further sanctions to be lifted in the near future.

"The health, well being and safety of our students is the highest priority, and we look forward to working with sorority leaders toward that end," Moneta said.

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  • Norman Lewis Jan 29, 2016
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    A minor had an alcohol ingestion related incident requiring hospitalization involving a MINOR and restrictions are partially lifted? What does it take before the University sanctions a group? Multiple deaths? This really makes parents want their children to go to Duke University.