UNT implements booze ban after student's fall

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by TODD UNGER

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Posted on February 6, 2013 at 11:28 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 6 at 11:43 PM

DENTON — The University of North Texas is flat-out banning alcohol at any Greek life events.

The decision comes a couple of weeks after an underage student was severely injured during rush week on campus.

The administration says Dustin Sparks, 20, fell from a balcony at the Delta Sigma Phi house. Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in the early morning accident.

Even so, some UNT students aren't convinced that underage drinking is a major problem on campus.

"I know a lot of people elsewhere and it's much more apparent," said one student.

The new policy forbids alcohol at any Greek life sponsored event — even if a student is 21, and even if the event is off-campus.

"We're serious about underage drinking," said Kelley Reese, a UNT spokeswoman.

UNT police have obtained arrest warrants for seven people associated with the underage drinking that contributed to January's accident.

The university said the policy will remain in effect until a full review can be conducted by a newly-convened campus task force.

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