U of I: Drunken Fall Occurred on Private Property


Arguing that it can't control its students around the clock, the University of Idaho asked an Idaho judge this past week to throw out a lawsuit against the university, filed by the parents of a student who was seriously injured in a drunken fall from a frat house window.

The suit stems from a 2009 incident in which the then-19-year-old sophomore broke several bones when she fell 30 feet after drinking at a fraternity party and an earlier sorority party. The parents said the University of Idaho knew about alcohol issues at Greek houses and could have prevented such an incident. But attorney Theodore Creason, representing the U of I, said the school doesn't own the fraternity house and didn't have the right to perform safety inspections.

Idaho 2nd District Court Judge Michael Griffin said he would issue a written ruling at a future date.