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Ribbon on tree outside the Kappa Delta sorority house, seen Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017 on the LSU campus, is among those displaying gold and white ribbons in remembrance of 18-year-old Phi Delta Theta freshman fraternity pledge Maxwell Gruver.

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Auburn University fraternities will ban hard liquor at events on chapter property after an uptick in incidents on campus and high-profile incidents at other universities, according to a report.

The school’s Interfraternity Council of Presidents, made up of presidents of IFC fraternities, recently voted to approve the ban, saying that it was a step toward preventing possible future tragedies. It will take effect May 5, according to the Auburn Plainsman, the university’s student-run newspaper.

“We feel that there are steps that other schools have taken and steps that we needed to take to prevent a tragedy that has unfortunately plagued other universities,” Gavin McGettigan, IFC president, told the Plainsman. “In our experience, we have observed issues with liquor consumption at parties on chapter premises, which led us to this solution.”

The move comes after a recent increase in IFC Judicial Court cases and hospital transports from fraternity events. The IFC attributed at least some of that increase to the overconsumption of hard liquor on fraternity properties, the Plainsman reported.

Any fraternity found breaking the new rule may be put on a cease-and-desist, according to the report.

In the last year, at least four fraternity pledges have died in the U.S. in incidents linked to hazing or binge drinking, setting off a national debate about Greek Life reforms.

LSU fraternity pledge Maxwell Gruver died in September after a hazing incident at the Phi Delta Theta fraternity house where he was forced to chug 190-proof liquor. He was pronounced dead the following morning at a hospital. His blood alcohol level was 0.495.

In February, LSU President F. King Alexander announced that LSU students caught hazing will be expelled and the involved fraternities or student organizations will be kicked off campus. In addition, all Greek chapters will be required to have a written policy that bans hard alcohol and kegs from houses and events.

Read the full Auburn Plainsman report here