Indiana University suspends fraternity and sorority activity

(INDY STAR) -- Indiana University-Bloomington suspended all fraternities and sororities Monday night, adding to the list of list of colleges and universities to place similar restrictions on Greek life this year.

IU becomes the seventh university to suspend the activities of fraternities and sororities, joining the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Texas State University, Ball State University, Louisiana State University and Penn State University. 

IU's Vice Provost for Student Affairs Lori Reesor announced the IU Interfraternity Council's unanimous vote on Twitter.

IU's Sigma Nu fraternity was suspended by the national organization in October for violating hazing and alcohol policies.

Multiple instances of hazing shut down IU's Beta Alpha chapter of Delta Tau Delta in January. The fraternity's governing body made the decision.

“There is no place for hazing in Delta Tau Delta. It is absolutely contrary to our values and will not be tolerated,” said Jim Russell, executive vice president of the national fraternity. “The fraternity is clear about its expectations.”

Ball State's Interfraternity Council came to an agreement with school officials in October that there will be no social gatherings on fraternity grounds, or events co-hosted by fraternities, until Jan. 31, 2018.

“It’s not one single incident that has caused this,” Ball State's vice president for marketing and communications Kathy Wolf told the Muncie Star Press.

“It’s a trend or a pattern of behavior that is not acceptable or consistent with our Beneficence Pledge. As a result, what we’re doing is pausing, if you will, and saying, ‘Hey, together let’s work on this.’”

The Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity at Butler was suspended by the fraternity's national board of directors in January.

Violations of alcohol, hazing and unregistered functions earned a suspension for the Purdue University chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon until 2020 in March of last year. 

Indianapolis Star


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