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Jesse Hall and the columns on the campus of the University of Missouri-Columbia, pictured on July 28, 2010. (Erik M. Lunsford, St. Louis Post-Dispatch)

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) _ A proposed ban of all alcohol other than beer and restrictions on visits by women at fraternities at the University of Missouri in Columbia are among possible changes being criticized as too overreaching.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch says proposed rules such as barring women from women from fraternity houses during peak party hours is meant to cut down on sexual assaults.

Mizzou Fraternity Alumni Consortium spokesman Ted Hellman says the chancellor should be applauded for being proactive, and that nothing’s been finalized.

But students will get a chance to weigh in during an invitation-only summit June 20 including administrators and members of Greek organizations.

The university’s Panhellenic Association says restricting women from locations under the guise of safety wrongly suggests women cannot make choices for themselves about their safety.
Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch