University of Maryland suspends fraternities and sororities pending investigation

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COLLEGE PARK, Md. — The University of Maryland has ordered fraternities and sororities connected field to suspend societal and recruitment activities aft nan schoolhouse received aggregate reports of unsafe activities.

A missive sent Friday from assemblage officials to fraternity and sorority presidents informing them of nan suspension did not picture nan alleged misconduct arsenic hazing but alternatively referred to “activities that person threatened nan information and well-being of members of nan University community.”

The suspension applies to each organizations affiliated pinch nan College Park campus’ Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council, which correspond 21 fraternities and 16 sororities, respectively.

The missive says nan suspension will beryllium successful spot indefinitely while an investigation takes place. Fraternities and sororities are barred from immoderate interaction pinch caller aliases prospective members, and barred from hosting immoderate events wherever intoxicant is present, according to nan letter.

The action astatine Maryland comes conscionable days aft nan University of Virginia suspended its Kappa Sigma section aft an alleged hazing incident Feb. 21. In summation to nan Kappa Sigma suspension, nan university’s Interfraternity Council imposed a three-week suspension connected each of its chapters “as a committedness to anti-hazing efforts and retired of respect for nan ongoing situation.”

Newsoutlets reported nan Kappa Sigma section astatine Virginia was suspended aft a promise who had been drinking heavy fell down a staircase and deed his head, starring to his hospitalization.

In Virginia, nan 2021 decease of a Virginia Commonwealth University student, Adam Oakes, aft a fraternity hazing incident resulted successful transition of anti-hazing authorities and a astir $1 cardinal colony costs from nan assemblage to Oakes’ family.

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