Responding to the death of a drunken student and a series of alcohol violations, fraternities at the University of New Hampshire have banned drinking at parties.
"We have a real negative stereotype of being drunks," said senior Geoff Fiedler, president of the Interfraternity Council. "This shatters that stereotype."
The Interfraternity Council, which represents the university's 12 frats, voted last week to ban alcohol at social events for the remainder of the semester. Alcohol-free "mocktails" will be served at parties instead.
Alcohol will be banned until all members of the fraternity system have completed an alcohol-awareness program. Since the beginning of the school year, three fraternities have been sanctioned for alcohol violations and another was permanently banned from campus for serving alcohol to a minor.
The minor, 18-year-old Todd Cruikshank, died Aug. 31. after falling from his frat house's roof. The fraternity, Acacia, also faces criminal charges for selling alcohol.