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Alcohol Banned at AEPi Following Hospitalization Of 17-Year-Old BU Woman

By Frank Dabek
NewsEditor

Alpha Epsilon Pi has become the latest fraternity to face sanctions as the result of an alcohol related incident.

Campus Police logs indicate that an intoxicated, female Boston University student was reported at 1 a.m Nov. 1 at AEPi. The student was transported to Beth Israel Medical Center and released the next morning.

The fraternity announced yesterday that it will be alcohol-free until the Dean's office and the Interfraternity Council have a chance to review the incident. A 21 year old senior has already been disciplined by the Office of the Dean for Students and Undergraduate Education. In addition, that student was issued a "MIT Alcohol Incident Citation" by the campus police.

IFC Judicial Committee chair Katherine Hardacre '99 said that she had received no formal notification of the charges in the case but expected to within the next few days.If the incident occurred at a house sponsored event, sanctions against AEPi could include mandating that the house be substance free for a given period of time, community service hours, and the loss of alcohol certification.

If the incident was the sole responsibility of an individual member of AEPi, the IFC will likely take no action, Hardacre said.

She said that AEPi had been "very cooperative" and was "taking the initiative to solve their problem." AEPi refused comment when reached Thursday night.

Williams promises punishment

While Dean of Students and Undergraduate Education Rosalind H. Williams praised students for obtaining medical assistance from the Boston Emergency Medical Service and the MIT Police, such actions will apparently not mitigate punishment of individuals or groups. Williams said in a press release that "the individuals and the group involved will now deal with the consequences of their behavior."

Some students have criticized the fact that the Campus Police serve as the medical transport for MIT since the Institute began revising its alcohol policies. The criticizers have argued that students are less likely to call for medical assistance knowing that they will be subject to punishment.

According to the press release and CPlogs, both Boston University and the Boston Licensing Board have been contacted with respect to the issue. The fraternity has been cited with a licensed premise violation by the Boston Police for serving alcohol to a minor.