UC Berkeley

UC Berkeley Greek parties banned amid sexual assault reports

Fraternities and sororities at the University of California, Berkeley have taken a bold stance against sexual violence, voluntarily banning all parties following reports of two sexual assaults last week at off-campus frat functions.

Interfraternity Council President Daniel Saedi called it "relatively unprecedented" for the Greek system to suspend its own parties but said Friday that fraternities and sororities agreed to pause social events to figure out how to keep them safe.

"We needed to take some time off and really assess our situation," said Saedi, a 21-year-old senior at Berkeley. "These are grave acts of violence that are occurring. They...