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UNT bans alcohol at all Greek events

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Dustin Starks was hurt in a fall off this balcony at the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity house at UNT. Dustin Starks was hurt in a fall off this balcony at the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity house at UNT.
DENTON, Texas -

The University of North Texas announced a ban on alcohol at all fraternity and sorority events following a near fatal accident involving an underage student.

The university said drinking is no longer allowed at any Greek-sponsored event regardless of if it is on or off campus until a task force can come up with a way to promote the responsible and legal use of alcohol.

Alcohol was reportedly served to minors at a party at the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity house on Jan. 26. During that event 20-year-old Dustin Starks fell from a balcony and was seriously hurt. He's still hospitalized.

Campus police issued seven arrest warrants for people accused of providing alcohol to minors at that party. The two arrested so far -- Eric MaClaren and Tyler Demando -- are charged with purchasing or furnishing alcohol to a minor, a class C misdemeanor.

University officials said police concern about an underage drinking problem actually prompted the first-ever alcohol ban.

"Furnishing alcohol to minors and the consumption of alcohol by minors are both illegal acts and the university will not tolerate it," said Kelley Reese, the UNT spokeswoman.

Some students think it could help promote responsibility.

"I think that's a great idea. It think if you want to do that it's fine and dandy, but don't let it affect your school," said Ashton Gregory.

But others doubt it will do any good because they said those who want to drink will find a way.

"I think it's a good idea, but I don't know if its necessarily gonna work. But I think prevention is the key," said Rezin Shelton.

The UNT dean of student is still investigating the accident at the Delta Sigma Phi house and could issue sanctions.

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