ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WJBK) - There will be no fraternity parties for the rest of the semester at the University of Michigan.
The announcement came after the fraternities' governing body unanimously voted to suspend all social events at a meeting Thursday night.
FOX 2 wanted to talk to members of fraternities, specifically members of the inter-fraternity council, contacting them by phone, social media and in person but they all referred us to the U-M's public affairs office.
Rick Fitzgerald is a school spokesperson and he says a number of things prompted this self-imposed ban.
"Hazing to inappropriate sexually suggestive parties, things that aren't allowed," he said. "They took action themselves. It is part of the self-government that takes place in Greek life on this and many other campuses."
"I was just talking to some of my friends about this who are in Greek life and some of them said it was a smart move," said student Conrad Pan. "By self-imposing that ban I think it gives them more control."
According to the university, the IFC will do a chapter by chapter assessment and make sure each fraternity has the proper protocols and programs in place.
"Hopefully they just learn from their mistakes," said student Avery Hall. "I'm glad they stopped it now before it got too far like it has in other places in the country."
Fitzgerald says the IFC's move to ban fraternity parties and other social events did not come as a complete surprise to the university.
"We don't condone the activities that took place but in some regards we are proud of the IFC leadership for stepping up and taking responsibility to keep them and their fellow students safe."