Rider agrees to tighter alcohol policies

September 24, 2009 9:16:18 AM PDT
Rider University has settled a lawsuit with the family of a California student who died from alcohol poisoning at a fraternity event in 2007. Neither the university, in Lawrenceville, nor the family of Gary DeVercelly Jr. have disclosed financial terms.

The university has agreed to ban alcohol in dorms and on-campus fraternity and sorority houses social events, strengthen sanctions for alcohol violations and to tell parents about incidents.

Other changes already in practice include imposing stiffer sanctions for hazing, putting live-in directors in Greek houses and posting information about fraternity misconduct on a Web site.

The university is also to encourage students to get help for peers who have medical problems due to alcohol use without fear of repercussions.

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