Duke University halts some sorority activities following an alcohol-related incident

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – Duke University suspended some sorority activities after a member was hospitalized following an alcohol-related incident, officials said.

A new member was hospitalized and is listed in critical condition related to the incident, according to Clarybel Peguero, director of Fraternity and Sorority Life.

The hospitalized student is expected to make a full recovery, according to a statement from Larry Moneta, Duke’s vice president for student affairs.

“I’m not entirely surprised. I mean I’m shocked but I’m not surprised,” said Devin Buckley, a graduate student.

Buckley says some sorority girls live below her and she’s seen what can happen when alcohol is involved.

“There was a girl collapsed there and she was dressed only in her bra and underwear. Lying on her face, kind of with her arms back like this,” Buckley said.

Initially all sorority activities were suspended, but on Wednesday night after meeting with all 18 sororities, officials allowed some activities to take place.

“Its really scary. I mean as a sorority member myself, I get nervous for the new members or nervous for anyone that’s ever in those positions,” said Duke junior Tory Trombley.

The University’s Panhellenic Council will meet Wednesday at 5 p.m. to discuss the incident and and review chapter activities.

According to the Duke University website, there are 18 sororities at Duke. Each semester, sororities recruit new members in what is called the “rush” period. According to the Duke website, sorority rush ended Jan. 24 with “Bid Day,” when different chapters offered bids to women they wanted in the chapters.

Duke did not say which sorority is involved.

Initially all activities were suspended, but on Wednesday night, officials said the following activities would be allowed: study breaks, sisterhood events, chapter meetings and philanthropy/community service activities.

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