The Delta Delta Delta sorority and the Sigma Chi fraternity at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette have been placed on interim suspensions pending the result of an investigation.
Margarita Perez, the Dean of Students at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette said on Wednesday, October 17, that the University received allegations about both the Sigma Chi fraternity and Delta Delta Delta sorority. Perez did not disclose what those allegations entailed.
“We take all allegations seriously and have paused both organizations’ activities while we thoroughly investigate the claims,” Perez said in a statement.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette officials released the following statement about the Greek life organization’s suspensions:
“Two Greek organizations at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette have been placed on interim suspension pending investigations.”
The University will decide on Delta Delta Delta and Sigma Chi’s punishments pending the result of the investigation.
The suspension of Delta Delta Delta and Sigma Chi at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the latest major fraternity or sorority lawsuit, investigation, suspension or closure in the last year, as schools such as Indiana University, the University of Michigan, Wake Forest University, Ohio State University, Texas State, Florida State, Ball State, Louisiana State University, 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.