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ECU’s Alpha Phi chapter suspended for three years

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East Carolina University has suspended the Alpha Phi sorority for three years for hazing and other conduct violations and will allow the group to resume operations in 2021 under a two-year probation.

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The Daily Reflector

Friday, August 10, 2018

East Carolina University has suspended a sorority for three years for hazing and other conduct violations and will allow the group to resume operations in 2021 under a two-year probation, the university announced on Friday.

The sanctions against Alpha Phi were handed down after a hearing on Thursday, according to a university news release. Alpha Phi International voted to operationally suspend the the chapter on July 6 following its own investigation.

The university found that there were actions by members of the chapter that constituted hazing, violations of ECU’s risk management policy, violations of university policies and violations of the Student Code of Conduct, the news release said.

“ECU has been in constant communication with Alpha Phi International and we have been working collaboratively to investigate these issues,” John Mountz, ECU Director of Greek Life, said in the news release. “We are saddened to have to suspend a chapter from our campus, but a significant part of being members of the Greek community is understanding the responsibility and accountability of actions taken.”

Alpha Phi is the sixth Greek organization on ECUs campus to face closure since 2017. Shortly after news broke in July about the suspension, ECU Chancellor Cecil Staton empaneled a task force to examine its fraternities and sororities and issue recommendations to address findings by December.

The a 16-member group held its first meeting on Wednesday and received its charge from Staton.

“The goal at ECU is to maintain an active, vibrant fraternity and sorority community grounded in the values of service, leadership, campus involvement, and student success,” Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Virginia Hardy said in the news release.

“We will continue our educational efforts, along with national/international headquarters, to strengthen our campus fraternities, sororities, and all student organizations as a key part of the student experience at ECU,” Hardy said.

Alpha Phi’s suspension is effective immediately, the news release said. An organizational suspension means the chapter will cease all activities and disband until re-instatement is granted. Suspended organizations cannot use university space for gathering purposes or participate in university activities as an organization.

Upon an approved return to campus, the chapter will be placed on probation for two years. Probation includes a warning that any violation of the conditions, or any further acts of misconduct will result in additional sanctions, which may include suspension or expulsion from the university.

Upon an approved return to campus, members of Alpha Phi — in collaboration with the Office of Greek Life — must establish a plan for re-entry that addresses the following areas: hazing prevention and awareness; prohibited conduct; how to report an incident; and education related to substance abuse.

Any ECU investigations into individual behaviors will continue and are not affected by this chapter suspension.

Alpha Phi’s is the latest in a series of closures that began in May 2017 when Sigma Phi Epsilon shuttered its house at 505 E. Fifth St. for multiple hazing and risk management incidents, according to officials.

The Delta Chi fraternity closed its chapter indefinitely in January after an investigation that found actions by members constituted hazing and other violations of the fraternity’s policies, the university reported.

Tau Kappa Epsilon also closed its chapter in January through the conclusion of the fall 2021 semester. Neither the university nor the national organization provided details about the closure.

In February, Sigma Alpha Epsilon closed its local chapter for hazing and other policy violations, the university reported. The closure is for a period of four years.

Phi Kappa Tau closed its ECU chapter in May as a result of an investigation it conducted in collaboration with and support of the university. An April 11 police raid at the fraternity house at 409 Elizabeth St. prompted the investigation.

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