Iowa State University Fraternity Sanctioned For Alcohol Abuse

The Kappa Sigma fraternity at Iowa State University has been disciplined for alcohol and drug use.

On Tuesday, May 24, Fraternity Kappa Sigma was sanctioned for misuse of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances. As a result of the sanctions, Kappa Sigma has been placed on extended conduct probation through May 2019.

Furthermore, the fraternity is required to host an alcohol and drug education workshop with 90 percent attendance and must report on the creation of a live-in house director by August 2018. While on probation, the fraternity is not allowed to pledge, initiate, or add members until the sanction is complete.

via Ames Tribune:

According to ISU Student Disciplinary Regulations, misuse of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances can refer to the illegal possession, use, manufacture, distribution or sale of alcoholic beverages or controlled substances both on and off campus. It also applies to “intentionally, knowingly, recklessly or negligently” supplying alcohol to underage individuals. Requests for comment to Kappa Sigma leadership regarding the recent sanction, and the situation surrounding it, were not returned.

Kappa Sigma was previously sanctioned at the end of January for misuse of alcoholic beverages, hazing, public disorder, endangerment, damage to property and violation of conditions of recognition. The conditions of recognition are the policies that qualify the fraternity as a group at ISU.

The organization’s January sanction required a comprehensive review and revision of risk management policies be completed by May 1. A comprehensive review and revision of the fraternity’s pledge program was also mandated to take place with a professional staff member from the university’s Office of Sorority and Fraternity Engagement.

This is the latest major fraternity or sorority suspension in the last year, as schools such as Indiana University, the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Texas State, Florida State, Ball State, Louisiana State and Penn State have all suspended fraternities in the wake of hazing and alcohol deaths.

In response to incidents like these, fraternities such Phi Kappa Psi have made numerous changes to their code of conduct in an effort to address the issues that have arisen. In addition, schools such as Texas State have introduced new Greek Life rules to try and prevent these problems.

These reports come amidst similar allegations that have been made against fraternities nationwide, including Sigma Alpha Epsilon at East Carolina University, who was shut down for hazing and the Lambda Chi Alpha chapter at the University of Arkansas which has been accused of taking sexually explicit photographs of women without their permission.

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