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IFC votes to temporarily suspend fraternity social activities


Acacia was one of the fraternities affected by the Interfraternity Council's decision on Monday to suspend all social activities with alcohol and unsupervised new member activities. The temporary suspension will last until Feb. 28, 2018. Emily Eckelbarger

IU’s Interfraternity Council voted Monday night to temporarily suspend all social activities with alcohol and unsupervised new member activities for its fraternity chapters until Feb. 28, 2018. 

A meeting composed of both the IFC Executive Board and all chapter presidents was held on Nov. 27 where they unanimously decided to suspend these activities.

A statement by IFC President Andrew Cowie said the council is committed to holding their members to a higher standard and creating an environment that allows its members to succeed. 

“We are looking forward to working with our partners on campus as well as national headquarters and alumni to achieve our common goal of creating a sustainable environment for all our chapters to excel in future endeavors,” Cowie wrote.

Cowie has not yet been reached for comment.

The temporary suspension on the nearly 30 fraternities comes after the chapter suspensions of Sigma Nu in October for hazing and alcohol violations and Delta Tau Delta in April for multiple hazing reports. 

Nine other chapters are on probation for the 2017-2018 school year for different violations including endangering others, misconduct and noncompliance with the Greek Organization Agreement

This suspensions follows similar decisions by several other universities including Ball State University, University of Michigan and the Ohio State University.

According to Ball State University’s student newspaper the Daily News, Ball State and all 13 of their IFC chapters signed a letter agreeing to stop all social events until Jan. 31, 2018 after a trend of inappropriate behavior was demonstrated by the chapters.

Much like at IU, the IFC at University of Michigan chose to temporarily suspend chapter activities after several allegations of drug use, hazing and sexual misconduct.

Thirty-seven IFC chapters were suspended indefinitely at the Ohio State University after several fraternities were being investigated for several different offenses including alcohol and hazing, according to the Ohio State University’s student newspaper, the Lantern. 

Timothy Piazza of Penn State University, Maxwell Gruver of Louisiana State University and Andrew Coffey of Florida State University died while pledging IFC fraternities this year.

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