In the wake of the hypothermia death of a University of Idaho student in January following his attendance at a campus frat house party and a 2012 lawsuit against the university filed by parents of a student seriously injured in a drunken fall from a frat house window, the U of I announced this morning that is was forming two task forces to evaluate university policies regarding alcohol and substance abuse among students and to examine the university's relationship with fraternities and sororities.
"Losing one of our students for any reason is a tragedy and the entire university community is deeply saddened," said U of I President Duane Nellis. "While it is true that substance abuse is a complex national problem that we’re not immune from, it is our duty, because of the deep responsibility we feel to students and their families, to regularly examine how we handle these issues so that we can do everything possible to help our students make wise choices that allow them to remain safe.”
One task force will examine university prevention programs and enforcement strategies. A second task force will view the charters with fraternities and sororities.
Reports from both task forces are expected to be completed by late spring.