COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – The University of Missouri-Columbia has suspended all fellowship activities after an alcohol-filled party ended in a …
COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) – The University of Missouri-Columbia has suspended all fellowship activities after an alcohol-filled party ended with a freshman taken to hospital.
An initial investigation revealed that several members of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity would have consumed significant amounts of alcohol during the party, reported the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
No other details were available, including the condition of the student, who was found unconscious early on Wednesday.
A crowd of around 200 gathered outside the Phi Gamma Delta home on Wednesday evening, some chanting “Stop the hazing.” We want justice, ”the Columbia Missourian reported.
“The hazing has been going on for too long, and it shouldn’t take someone about to die for the university to do something about it,” said student Olivia Sommer.
In addition to cracking down on the fraternity’s social events, the university’s Phi Gamma Delta chapter has also been temporarily suspended. The suspension was ordered by the university and the national fraternity organization.
The national president and the fraternity spokesperson did not immediately respond to an Associated Press email Thursday seeking comment.
The University of Missouri Police Department and the Office of Student Accountability and Support are also continuing their investigation.
“We are extremely concerned about the events that have taken place at the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity,” Bill Stackman, vice chancellor of student affairs for the Columbia campus, said in a statement.
He said there would be a thorough review of the methods put in place to ensure safety during fraternity events
“As part of the investigations, we will hold accountable anyone found guilty of willfully ignoring or violating university regulations,” he said. “These people could also face criminal charges. “
Conner Sibley, chairman of Mizzou’s Greek board and senior at the school, said in a statement that the group “agreed with the measures taken by the university,” adding that “nothing is more important than security of the Mizzou community. “
The suspension follows warnings last month for students to be aware of suspected drugged drinks on the Columbia campus. The warnings came after the institution’s office for Civil Rights and Title IX received multiple reports from people suspecting drinks were drugged in locations across Colombia, including some who may have attended events social fraternity.
Campus police and the Columbia Police Department were investigating these cases.
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