Following Sex Assault Reports, Univ. of Minnesota Fraternities Rein In Parties

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For the University of Minnesota's Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, last fall brought a Minneapolis police investigation, a four-year campus suspension -- and some soul-searching.

It was time for a "clean house operation," as now President Schuyler Olson puts it, and not everyone was up for it. With seven members remaining out of 30, the fraternity set out to reinvent itself: less "Animal House" and more the scholarly literature club conjured by its inaugural 1889 handbook.

"We had to rework the whole ideology of running this house," Olson said.

A string of sexual assault allegations at three fraternities on consecutive weekends last fall shook the U's Greek community. The incidents and the resulting six-week moratorium on alcohol at parties spawned changes: At Homecoming fraternity parties this weekend, rules about alcohol use were tighter than a year ago. Some houses brought in private security.

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