NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Rutgers University has banned house parties at fraternities and sororities at its main campus for the rest of the spring semester after several alcohol-related problems this school year, including the death of one student.

The action was decided last week but announced Monday.

“Rutgers takes seriously its commitment to maintaining a healthy and safe campus environment,” the university said Monday in a statement.

Under the ban, the university’s 86 recognized fraternities and sororities will be allowed to hold spring formals and other events where third-party vendors serve alcohol.

Last month, a fraternity was shut down because of an underage drinking incident in November in which a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon was taken to a hospital after drinking heavily at the fraternity house.

In an unrelated incident, a 19-year-old student died of alcohol poisoning after attending a fraternity party.


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