LEE COUNTY, Fla. (www.news-press.com) – Two fraternities and one sorority are either under probation or have been suspended at FGCU, two for alleged hazing incidents and the third for a house party where minors were found with alcohol.
Disciplinary actions have been levied against local chapters of Alpha Kappa Alpha (AKA), Kappa Alpha Psi (KAP) and Kappa Alpha Order (KA). All three are listed on FGCU’s Fraternity and Sorority Life portion of its website as “not in good standing” with the university.
The local chapter of AKA will be suspended until 2016, according to a letter dated March 18, obtained by the News-Press via a records request with FGCU.
Fraternities have made national headlines recently due to a variety of scandals. This week, members of Dartmouth’s Alpha Delta fraternity were accused of branding the skin of new members. In Oklahoma, members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon were recorded using racial slurs, prompting a chapter shutdown. A private Facebook group run by members of Kappa Delta Rho at Penn State posted pictures of women that appeared to be unconscious in various states of undress.
In the wake of these scandals, some universities are examining the Greek system.
FGCU’s vice president of student affairs, J. Michael Rollo, said while the university is aware of the problems fraternities and sororities are facing across the country, at FGCU the situation is different for one simple reason: housing.
There is no on-campus Greek housing, Rollo said, which takes much of the disciplinary burden off the university. “It’s an advantage for us. It’s been successful thus far.”
FGCU chooses which fraternities or sororities open local chapters based on the strength of the organization’s national headquarters, Rollo said. That way, if disciplinary actions are warranted, they can be handled by the national chapters, he added.
The disciplinary actions against all three FGCU Greek organizations came from national headquarters or larger in-state offices.
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