MOSCOW, Idaho - The University of Idaho is forming two new task forces with the goal of making sure students have a safe and positive experience.

As KTVB reported last month, the recent death of a student who suffered hypothermia after leaving a party raised concerns about high-risk drinking on and around the Moscow campus.

Today, President Duane Nellis announced the formation of a task force that will evaluate university policies regarding alcohol and substance abuse, and also a Greek life task force, to review the university's relationship with fraternities and sororities on campus and at the national level.

Losing one of our students for any reason is a tragedy, and the entire university community is deeply saddened, said Nellis. I'm proud of the work we've done to keep our campus safe and healthy. We are rated in the top 35 safest campuses nationally. While it is true that substance abuse is a complex national problem that we're not immune from; it is our duty, because of the deep responsibility we feel to students and their families, to regularly examine how we handle these issues so that we can do everything possible to help our students make wise choices that allow them to remain safe.

Nellis says reports from both task forces will be completed by late spring.

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