Murray State University has indefinitely suspended all social activities for fraternities and sororities.
Robert Davies, the President of Murray State, and Don Robertson, the Vice President for Student Affairs Don Robertson, said in a statement that the university is suspending all Greek Life social activities. The suspension began on Wednesday, May 9, and may extend into the upcoming fall semester.
According to the statement from the university, the decision to suspended Greek Life activity was “based on national trends and own review of reports involving Greek activities occurring with the implementation and enforcement of Greek social event policy.” In addition, the letter says the department must assess Murray State’s policies and procedures.
Furthermore, the letter says that a university committee made up off representatives from the school’s Greek organizations will begin investigating those policies during the summer, continuing until it can make recommendations to the Office of Student Affairs.
You can read Murray State University’s entire statement below:
This is the latest major fraternity or sorority 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 were shut down for hazing and the Lamda 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 have introduced new Greek Life rules to try and prevent these problems.