The Interfraternity Council at Northwestern University has extended the ban on chapter-sponsored social events until Jan. 3.

The ban, imposed in late September after reports of students being drugged at two fraternity houses, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Alpha Epsilon Pi, had been scheduled to expire Sunday.

In a statement issued Friday, the group says the ban will apply to events “with or without alcohol present — either on campus or off campus.”

It also will suspend chapter-sponsored recruitment activities until at least Nov. 7, but permits “alcohol-free education, philanthropy and member development programs with approval from IFC and the school.

The statement, issued by IFC President Nick Papandreou, says “Extending these restrictive measures will give the fraternity community the requisite time to undertake the necessary initiatives which will ensure that fraternities are safe and secure spaces and that no person feels under threat or is harmed when entering chapter-affiliated buildings.”

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.