New WSU policy cracks down on alcohol at Greek events

Coroner reports that alcohol poisoning killed WSU student
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A 19-year-old man died in the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity at WSU early Tuesday morning. Police said his death may be linked to alcohol. 

PULLMAN, Wash. — The Interfraternity Council of Washington State University implemented a new policy restricting alcohol at some events. The order announced Sunday came in response to the 2019 death of WSU freshman Sam Martinez.

Martinez was found dead inside the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity in early November. A coroner said Martinez died accidentally from acute alcohol intoxication. His death prompted a student affairs investigation that involved the fraternity’s national headquarters.

The executive order explained that the fraternity community “has and must continue to work toward creating a safer community.”

“Executive Order Number 1” states that no social events with alcohol can be held from 8:00 a.m. on Sundays to 5:00 p.m. on Thursdays. Agreed upon by the IFC chapter presidents at the Greek Leadership Academy in Post Falls, Idaho, the new policy is effective immediately. Each organization is expected to hold members accountable to the rules, according to the order.

The executive order can be read in full HERE.

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