Reports: UO Greek life features blackout drinking, assaults

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) _ A report commissioned by the University of Oregon says the school's fraternity and sorority members earn social status by drinking themselves into a stupor.

The Register-Guard reports ( ) that the report says many UO fraternities continue to haze new members, sometimes off campus. It also found that rapes are hushed up to protect the reputations of fraternities and sororities.

UO Vice President for Student Life Robin Holmes says these problems should be taken seriously and are potential fatal practices.

About 4,000 UO students live in the school's 20 frats and 12 sororities.

Holmes says the university was responding to long-standing hazing and alcohol violations when cut its association with the local chapter of Beta Theta Pi in March.

A request for comment from the house where former fraternity members live was not returned.