Nine UI fraternities suspended for breaking alcohol policy

The Old Capitol building on the University of Iowa's campus. (Photo courtesy: University of Iowa/Flickr)

Nine fraternities on the University of Iowa campus are suspended from all campus activities as the school looks into the use of alcohol at events.

"It's very disappointing," Vice President of Student Life Melissa Shivers said. "We believe whole heatedly in what fraternities and sororities can do on campus however there are way we expect our students to engage and behave and now we take an opportunity to revisit that behavior."

An email sent to the Fraternity & Sorority Life community from the Vice President of Student Life said the following fraternities were suspended while the school investigates

  • Pi Kappa Alpha
  • Beta Theta Pi
  • Pi Kappa Phi
  • Acacia
  • Sigma Pi
  • Phi Delta Theta
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon
  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon
  • Delta Chi

School officials say alcohol was present at open events, including tailgates, despite repeated efforts to stop it. Last year, a moratorium was placed on open events with alcohol after 19-year-old Kamil Jackowski was found unresponsive while attending a formal in April. Eligible Greek chapters are allowed one formal party with limits on hard liquor and serving time as a result of the moratorium.

As a result of the temporary suspensions, the suspended chapters may not participate in any FSL-related or IFC sponsored meetings and programs, social events of any nature, Recreational Services intramurals, Homecoming activities, or other related events. In addition, the chapters may not reserve space in the IMU or academic buildings, or reserve outdoor space on campus unless authorized by a member of the Fraternity and Sorority Life staff or Dean of Students staff.

"It is disheartening to share this news with you, but the Division of Student Life will not tolerate this disregard for the FSL moratorium and your health, safety, and wellness," the email to students read. "The blatant and systemic failure to curb holding dangerous open events with alcohol, including tailgates, will stop. Anything short of compliance with FSL policies, the University of Iowa, and your respective inter/national rules and policies is unacceptable."

Homecoming activities at the UI start on Sunday. The University has long worked on a plan to restructure Greek life on campus. It's called the fraternity and sorority life strategic plan 2020. The plan is an effort to give fraternities clear guidelines on several issues including risk management, peer accountability and transparency. Both the university and several on-campus student organizations will participate. The plan is expected to be implemented by April 2019.

"We have an opportunity with many of our students to provide them with the resources that they need to be successful," Shivers said. "But to also remind them that they will be held accountable when violations occur to student life."

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