Pi Kappa Phi at the University of Charleston is at the center of a misconduct investigation after a 21-year-old sophomore alleged he was beaten by his fellow fraternity brothers at a house party in April.
Similarly, the Eta Lambda chapter of Beta Theta Pi was also shut down due to various violations, including hosting unregistered parties with alcohol, some of which was purchased using fraternity funds, marijuana use and hazing involving personal servitude and calisthenics.
The violations and subsequent shutting downs come just a couple of months after the first wave of fraternity shutdowns at C of C.
In September, members of the college Kappa Alpha Order agreed to close their chapter just months after the 2014 chapter president and others were arrested for their role in a major off-campus drug ring. Kind of hard to defend that, but drug dealing and being in a fraternity are not mutually exclusive. I knew plenty of drug dealers in college that never went anywhere near a frat house.
via Post & Courier:
Prompted by “a series of dangerous behaviors … ranging from disruptive parties out in the community this month to recent medical transports related to extreme intoxication,” McConnell instituted an alcohol ban at all fraternity and sorority events last fall.
According to Alicia Caudill, executive vice president for student affairs, the ban was lifted “after all the fraternities and sororities complied with the conditions imposed by President McConnell and the Division of Student Affairs.”
“The alcohol ban sent a strong message to our fraternities and sororities that the College of Charleston does not tolerate dangerous or illegal behavior,” she said in a statement to The Post and Courier. “The safety and well-being of our students is always our first concern.”
In addition to the suspension and loss of recognition, members of Beta Theta Pi were forced to write a letter to McConnell apologizing for their “willful noncompliance” with the president’s mandate for alcohol-free events.
All of these fraternal suspensions are due to an alcohol ban instituted at all fraternity and sorority events following “a series of dangerous behaviors … ranging from disruptive parties out in the community this month to recent medical transports related to extreme intoxication.”