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University of Minnesota Reviews Greek Policy after Student Deaths

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Two alcohol-related deaths of fraternity members earlier this year have forced the University of Minnesota to re-examine its Greek Life policy.

The latest move comes days after the autopsy report of 20-year-old Dylan Fulton, an Alpha Gamma Rho fraternity member, who died on September 12 pointed to alcohol-related complications as the cause for his death.

According to Minnesota Daily, the university officials are meeting with the leaders from all four Greek councils and meeting between representatives from the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and individual chapter presidents.

“All of the Greek organizations have a lot of educational efforts already in place, and so part of the goal of these meetings is to share … what is currently happening and how can there be an effort to enhance the educational opportunities where they exist,” spokesperson for University Student Unions and Activities Steve Henneberry told Minnesota Daily.

“From student affairs… we appreciate that these students and these chapters are stepping up and taking some ownership of what they can do to help create this culture change.”

In February, earlier this year Mitchell Hoenig, 20, died due to excessive drinking at Gamma Phi Beta sorority event prompting international headquarters of Gamma Phi Beta to impose sanctions for violating its policies.

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