There are no more frat parties (for now) at Johns Hopkins, as the school grapples with the aftermath of two sexual assault allegations related to Hopkins fraternities.
Earlier this month, a sixteen-year-old Baltimore County resident was allegedly assaulted by two men during a Halloween party at the Sigma Alpha Episilon house. A different frat was suspended previously due to an alleged gang rape at a 2013 party; the school is under investigation by the Department of Education for its response (or, initially, lack thereof) to the event.
The Inter-Fraternity Council voted to ban open parties on November 3, but the Hopkins administration decided to take things a step further by putting a moratorium on all frat events until further notice. The administration has said that they want to hear back from the school’s Alcohol Strategy Group and develop a consistent implementation plan before moving forward with future frat events.
This isn’t just a Hopkins thing; fraternities nationwide have found themselves at the center of the debate about campus sexual assault, the New York Times reports. Amherst College now forbids students from belonging to a fraternity or sorority, after running into problems with off-campus frats. “It’s a gray area that’s untenable,” Biddy Martin, Amherst’s president, told the Times. “We’ve had incidents where we literally couldn’t find out who was involved because we have no authority.”