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DKE fraternity to be alcohol-free for a year

The Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity has agreed to be alcohol-free for one year after a member of the class of 2003 became intoxicated at a registered BYOB event at its fraternity house on July 24-25.

The fraternity, which did not deny the incident, will be allowed to participate in Rush, according to InterFraternity Council (IFC) Judicial Committee Chair Patrick D. Kremer.

The student, who was on campus to participate in the Interphase program for underrepresented minorities among incoming freshman, wasdiscovered by Campus Police at the DKE fraternity house (403 Memorial Drive in Cambridge) at 6am on July 25 after Interphase tutors reported him missing.

On August 13, DKE was charged with violating the IFC's BYOB policy, serving alcohol to a minor and a variety of other offenses. DKE waived its right to a hearing and stipulated to all charges except disregarding the personal safety of a student, noting that members were with him at all times and claiming that he was in no danger.

In addition to banning alcohol for a year, DKE volunteered to participate in the TIPS (Training and Intervention Procedures) training program and an alcohol liability training program, and have members do 500 hours of community service. The fraternity will be required to submit a detailed risk management plan before the ban can be lifted.

A version of this article appeared in the September 1, 1999 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 44, Number 4).

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