Fraternity, UNC quiet on cause of Chi Phi suspension
|By Andrew Kenney, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.)|
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The national organization has provided few details about the incidents that led to the suspension, and its executive director was unavailable for comment Wednesday. All chapter meetings, social events and other activities will be canceled indefinitely, according to
The fraternity said it had taken its action in conjunction with university officials, and that it had partnered with the school to identify "joint concerns involving the chapter."
The suspension was the national fraternity's decision, according to a
"It's a move we support, but it was their move," wrote
Pledge death still a mystery
The Chi Phi chapter's suspension comes amid a police investigation into the death last year of an 18-year-old who was trying to join the fraternity chapter.
"I think somebody, maybe affiliated with
Police have said alcohol almost certainly played a role in his death, but investigators have made no conclusions about whether hazing or any fraternity activity had influenced Shannon.
University action possible
It was not clear Wednesday whether the university had put its own investigation of Chi Phi into motion. A written release said that
The university doesn't comment on the status of investigations but routinely conducts parallel inquiries alongside fraternity organizations, Hudson said.
Typical punishments by the university can range from fines, probation, recruitment restrictions and community service to, more rarely, suspensions.
A representative for
Chi Phi is not the only fraternity under investigation at
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