MIT officials have banned large parties and gatherings at university fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups, days after a woman fell from a frat house window, MIT’s newspaper The Tech reports.
The woman, who is not an MIT student, fell from a third-story window Sunday night at Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity house on Bay State Road. She was taken to the hospital and survived. The case was logged by MIT Police as alcohol-related and referred to an “intoxicated person falling from window.’’
In wake of the fall, Lambda Chi Alpha was suspended from meeting or participating in activities earlier this week pending an investigation, The Boston Globe reported. Both MIT and Lambda Chi Alpha’s international organization suspended the chapter.
The new rules ban all gatherings of more than 49 people for fraternities, sororities, and independent living groups on campus.
The latest fall is the second in the past 10 months at an MIT party. Last October, Boston officials similarly indefinitely banned large MIT fraternity parties and gatherings after a student fell from a Kenmore Square frat house.
Those restrictions had only just begun to be eased back when the latest fall occurred.
In February, The Atlantic noted how common these falls are in a wide-ranging report on American fraternities. “Far from being freakish and unpredictable events, fatal and near-fatal falls from fraternity-house roofs, balconies, windows, and sleeping porches are fairly regular occurrences across the country,’’ the story explained.