The Johns Hopkins University on Friday said it has banned all social events at fraternities, the school's latest move in response to the alleged sexual assault of a 16-year-old girl at a Sigma Alpha Epsilon party last weekend.

Hopkins officials said Friday that they will work with the student-run Inter-Fraternity Council to ensure safety at future events. Hopkins spokeswoman Tracey Reeves said the IFC, which governs Hopkins fraternities, voted this week to ban all open parties, or informal events where invitations aren't required.


"We are working with them on an implementation plan. These efforts to self-regulate are a strong step in the right direction," Reeves said.

"An implementation team will be convened together with the IFC to address these outstanding issues and put the proposed measures in place. Until an implementation plan is in place, there will be no social events at fraternities. Our goal is to provide a safe environment for all students and visitors, as well as to support the IFC and help their initiatives be successful."

Members of the council did not return requests for comment.

The alleged rape victim was from Baltimore County and attended the party with her sister, according to law enforcement sources. The girl said she had been drinking and ended up in a bathroom with two men, the sources said.

The university notified students at 4 a.m. Sunday of the alleged sexual assault, which occurred about 1:30 that morning at the Sigma Alpha Epsilon off-campus fraternity house in the 2900 block of St. Paul St. Neither of the men is believed to be affiliated with the school.

Baltimore police have not released updates in the case and did not respond Friday to requests for information.

Initially, university officials ordered the fraternity to cease activities as police investigate, and later placed the organization on interim suspension for underage drinking and "other possible violations of university policy" at the party.

Hopkins is among colleges nationwide taking part in the Fraternity and Sorority Coalition Project, an initiative run by the Indianapolis-based North-American Interfraternity Conference. Officials from the project are scheduled to visit Hopkins' campus next week.

Pete Smithhisler, CEO and president of the interfraternity conference, said "each visit is unique and looks at the community as a whole." He declined to comment further.

According to the conference's website, campus visits are at the request of the institutions.