University policy permitting alcohol at registered undergraduate parties has been suspended until further notice, President Judith Rodin and Provost Robert Barchi announced last Friday, following the death of a Phi Gamma Delta alumnus at a party March 20.

In addition, the administration announced that city, state and University alcohol policies will be strictly enforced at Skimmer and Spring Fling, canceled the post-Spring Fling block party on Sansom Street and suspended the fraternity.

Some student leaders expressed concern that the ban may push drinking off-campus. "Off-campus parties will not be subject to any University regulations and will be difficult for organizations outside the University to monitor," Interfraternity Council Executive Vice President Andrew Exum said.

But Provost Robert Barchi said that quick action was needed. "We are taking these steps because we do not want another member of our Penn family to be a victim of alcohol abuse," he said.

The Provost's Working Group on Alcohol Abuse, which includes student and faculty leaders, was to begin meeting this week to discuss long-term alcohol policy.

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Originally published on April 1, 1999