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49-person assembly limit lifted for Cambridge, Brookline fraternities

Newly increased temporary assembly limits for MIT fraternity houses in Cambridge and Brookline were announced in an email to the Interfraternity Council executive board last Thursday.

A 49-person limit had been imposed on all MIT fraternities in early September after a female student unaffiliated with MIT survived a fall through a window at Lambda Chi Alpha during a rush week party.

The lifting of the limit for Cambridge and Brookline fraternities came about after discussions between the IFC and the Division of Student Life, with some input from the chancellor’s office. The 49-person limit still stands in Boston, where it is imposed by city officials.

The eight fraternities no longer subject to the 49-person limit will be able to host larger parties and events. Still, the numbers are not completely restored to those given by the “FSILG Social Event Policy” — effective for less than a week — that had allowed Boston fraternities to host large events before the LCA incident.

According to the IFC’s email, each Cambridge or Brookline fraternity’s new assembly number is the minimum of its “Social Policy” number and twice the number of PartySafe+-trained brothers, added to the number of currently active brothers, with the total temporarily capped at 150 people.

—Patricia Z. Dominguez