The Phi Sigma Phi fraternity at Central Michigan University has been temporarily suspended pending an investigation into alcohol violations.
According to reports from The Morning Sun, the Xi Chapter of the Phi Sigma Phi Fraternity has been temporarily suspended by CMU while an investigation is conducted on alleged violations of sections regarding alcohol, Registered Student Organizations, and university regulations of the Central Michigan University Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities.
Central Michigan University announced the suspension in a statement on Monday, August 20.
“During this temporary suspension, Phi Sigma Phi Fraternity is prohibited from participating in any Central Michigan University events, programs, or any other social events as a student organization.
In addition, their status as a registered student organization has been temporarily revoked. Phi Sigma Phi Fraternity will also be designated as an unrecognized organization on the Fraternity and Sorority Life website,” the university said in their statement.
The Morning Sun outlined the violations being investigated:
The CMU Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities outlines the sections that have been alleged to have been violated.
Section 3.2.13 indicates a student shall not possess, consume or furnish, or aid in the consumption or furnishing of, alcoholic beverages except as permitted by law and university policy. Violation of the Residence Life Alcohol and Controlled Substances Policy is a violation of this section.
Section 3.2.25 reads: “Violation by Registered Student Organizations of these regulations, and other rules pertaining to Registered Student Organizations as outlined in the Registered Student Organization Manual shall be treated as an offense under these regulations.”
Also, Section 3.2.31 indicates a violation of university regulations, meaning those regulations, policies or established procedures, shall be treated as a violation.
This is the latest major fraternity or sorority investigation, suspension or closure 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.
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.
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, West Virginia University, and Penn State University have introduced new Greek Life rules to try and prevent these problems.