TEMPE - Arizona State University has told seven fraternities they cannot serve alcohol until further notice, authorities said. The fraternity chapters were told on Feb. 1 to stop serving alcohol for the time being.
ASU Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Leah Hardesty says campus police have seen increasing complaints and violations of underage drinking on and around Alpha Drive since fall 2005, an indication that some of the fraternities have not followed their national guidelines.
"It's come down to the fact that they weren't doing the best job managing events with alcohol," Hardesty said.
Fraternities can get in trouble with their national organizations if they don't follow set guidelines. If rules are broken, members can be removed, the fraternity can be forced to vacate its house or the chapter can be closed.
Hardesty said ASU is trying to get fraternities to outline better plans to manage events with alcohol. Specifically, she said ASU would like to see the fraternities have security at parties, ID people and keep a guest list at parties.
Jon Williamson, executive vice president of the North-American Interfraternity Conference, of which all seven fraternities are members, said the organization does have rules regarding alcohol.
"It can't be used during the recruitment process anytime or anywhere, or during pledging," he said.
Chapters are also prohibited from using alcohol in any way that would break a federal, state or county law, he said.
But Williamson said fraternities should not be seen as the sole reason for the increase in alcohol arrests at ASU. "If they are just focusing on Greek life," he said, "they are missing the point."