previous post on this website, we presented a recap of fraternity suspensions for the calendar year
2017. In today’s post, we present a summary of fraternity suspensions
for the calendar first quarter of 2018 (January 1 - March 31).
During the first quarter of 2018, our database documented a total of 46
fraternity suspensions (8 temporary or “pending investigation”
and 38 suspensions of at least 1 year). The “leader-board”
of fraternity misconduct for this period includes the following:
- Sigma Alpha Epsilon (4 suspensions: Eastern Carolina, Kansas, Missouri,
and Memphis. Also, the North Georgia chapter of SAE was placed on administrative
suspension pending an investigation into violations of school hazing and
- Pi Kappa Alpha (3 suspensions: Louisiana-Monroe, Memphis, and SMU).
Additionally, Pi Delta Psi was banned from new member recruitment and the
establishment of new chapters on
all campuses in Pennsylvania for the next 10 years after the 2013 hazing-related death
of Chun Hsien (“Michael”) Deng at Baruch University's
Pi Delta Psi-sponsored hazing session in the Pocono Mountains. Deng’s
death led to the guilty pleas of 4 fraternity members to reduced charges
of voluntary manslaughter.
Seven colleges and universities have suspended 2 or more fraternities in
the 1st quarter of 2018:
- Memphis (4 suspensions: Alpha Kappa Psi, Alpha Tau Omega, Pi Kappa Alpha,
and Sigma Alpha Epsilon)
- Eastern Carolina (3 suspensions: Delta Chi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and Tau
- Kansas (3 suspensions: Delta Upsilon, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and Sigma Phi
Epsilon. Additionally, the national headquarters of Beta Theta Pi listed
its Kansas chapter as being “in danger of suspension” but
did not provide a reason for doing so)
- Central Michigan (2 suspensions: Phi Kappa Tau and Pi Kappa Phi)
- Florida State (2 suspensions: Alpha Epsilon Pi and Chi Phi)
- Ohio State (2 suspensions: Sigma Alpha Mu and Tau Kappa Epsilon)
- SMU (2 suspensions: Phi Gamma Delta and Pi Kappa Alpha)
The following schools took special notice of the problem of fraternity
misconduct on their campuses and took steps to limit the dangers posed
by “out of control” fraternities. All the following actions
were at least partially in force at some time during the 1st quarter of 2018.
On November 6, 2017 Florida State banned alcohol at all fraternities and
sororities following the death by alcohol poisoning of 20-year-old Andrew
Coffey at an off-campus fraternity party. The ban was lifted at the end
of March 2018.
In November, TSU banned all fraternity and sorority recruitment following
the death of 20-year-old Matthew Ellis from acute alcohol poisoning following
an “initiation event” at an off-campus apartment. The ban
was partially lifted in February 2018, but all Greek organizations were
required to reapply for the school’s recognition by the end of March 2018.
Citing reports of multiple instances of fraternity misconduct, Michigan’s
student-run Interfraternity Council (IFC) voted to suspend all Greek social
activities until further notice on Nov. 9, 2017. The IFC said it is now
doing a "chapter-by-chapter assessment and charting a safer path
forward." Most restrictions had been lifted by the end of March 2018.
On November 16, 2017 Ohio State announced that it had suspended all activities
of its fraternities. At the time the campus-wide suspension was announced,
11 Ohio State fraternity chapters were reportedly under investigation
for allegations of hazing and alcohol policy violations. Many of the campus-wide
suspensions were discontinued by early 2018.
Following the September death of Maxwell Gruver, LSU President F. King
Alexander suspended all Greek activities indefinitely. LSU has since lifted
most of those restrictions and has formed a “Task Force on Greek
Life” to review campus culture and environment as they relate to
Greek life at LSU.
The school’s Interfraternity Council voted November 27, 2017 to temporarily
suspend all social and new member activities by its fraternities. The
local Sigma Nu chapter had been suspended in October after violating alcohol
and hazing policies. The university's Delta Tau Delta chapter was
shut down in January 2018 following multiple hazing incidents. The campus-wide
suspension was partially lifted by the end of March 2018.
Idaho's sororities and fraternities voted to indefinitely ban all Greek
social events involving alcohol following multiple reports of hazing,
sexual assault, and underage drinking at the school. The university's
Interfraternity, Panhellenic and Multicultural Greek councils enacted
the moratorium in votes on Dec. 11 and 12, 2017. Blaine Eckles, Idaho's
dean of students, said the move was also made in response to pledge deaths
and fraternity suspensions at other colleges and universities across the
country. As of this writing, some aspects of the ban remain in force.
Doan Law Firm, we will continue to monitor the national news media for reports of fraternity
hazing, host-school alcohol policy violations, and other instances of
fraternity misconduct. Check back with us for updated reports and other
information drawn from our fraternity hazing database.
If your son was injured as a result of a fraternity hazing incident, we
invite you to
contact our fraternity hazing lawyer to arrange a free review of the facts surrounding your son’s potential
fraternity hazing liability case. At our firm, we will protect your son’s
confidentiality during all phases of our investigation. Should you decide
that our firm should represent you in your fraternity hazing/misconduct
case, we will assume responsibility for all aspects (including financial)
of your case in exchange for a previously-negotiated percentage of the
final settlement that we will win for you.