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MSU Fraternity Sets Sanctions After Alcohol Violations

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A Montana State University fraternity is changing its alcohol policies after an alleged sexual assault incident was reported at their house.

"This has been an eye opener and we have realized that we need to make changes as a fraternity," said Jack Murrey Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity President.

Murrey said his chapter took the reported alleged sexual assault incident very serious.

"It was something as fraternity we definitely don't stand for," said Murrey. "We want to work with MSU and MSU Police Department to be transparent as much as possible and really get down to the bottom of it."

The fraternity has implemented four new sanctions.

"We asked the fraternity to consider changes. We allowed them the opportunity to come up with the changes on their own," said Matt Caires, MSU Dean of Students.

The sanctions include requiring all members to participate in sexual assault prevention training, prohibiting the consumption of hard alcohol on the fraternity's premises and implementing a high level of risk management during all fraternity events, which means multiple members of the chapter will agree to remain sober during events.

"Most of the incidents where a student has been hospitalized or have been put in a dangerous situation involve hard alcohol," said Caires.

"If we can help to provide a safer environment, I think we're doing the right thing," said Murrey.

Caires said he did consider permanently suspending the fraternity, but is very pleased with how the fraternity responded to the alleged sexual assault incident.

"I think this is a step toward a safer fraternity and sorority experience," said Caires. "I'm optimistic. I think this group is showing that they can grow and improve. I want to work with them to make sure they are getting the help and support they need."

Murrey said the goal of these sanctions is to make sure his chapter and all MSU students are safe.

Caires is expected to meet with Sigma Chi, the other fraternity where an alleged sexual assault incident was reported later this week.

The MSU police conducted a criminal investigation of the alleged assaults and its findings have been turned over to the Gallatin County Attorney's Office.

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