Booze gets 2 UTA fraternities suspended, another is under investigation

The Sigma Phi Epsilon Chapter is suspended until March 12, 2020
The Sigma Phi Epsilon Chapter is suspended until March 12, 2020

A University of Texas at Arlington fraternity is under investigation for providing alcohol to minors and two other frats were suspended earlier this semester for the same reason.

UTA spokeswoman Sana Syed said the fraternity is being investigated “for an unregistered event that includes the allegation of alcohol to minors.”

Phi Delta Theta General Headquarters in Oxford, Ohio issued a statement saying it is “aware of the investigation ... for risk management violations.”

“Since learning of the investigation, Phi Delta Theta has been working in conjunction with university officials and local alumni to conduct an investigation. Phi Delta Theta will hold the chapter and members accountable for any violations of fraternity and university risk management policies,” the statement said.

Headlines involving fraternities are popping up almost daily, be it hazing, banning alcohol on campus or racist behavior.

The New York Times posted a column this week called The Future of Frats and how they may need to change if they want to survive.

At UT-Arlington, two other fraternities were suspended earlier this semester.

Sigma Phi Epsilon is suspended for the next two years as of March for providing alcohol to minors and violating UTA’s alcohol policy and university rules.

UTA’s Phi Gamma Delta chapter was suspended for hazing and providing access of alcohol to minors. Also known as FIJI, the UTA chapter is suspended from Jan. 19, 2018 to Jan. 19, 2021.

Messages left at the national headquarters of Sigma Phi Epsilon and Phi Gamma Delta were not immediately returned.

Last year, the Sigma Phi Epsilon undergraduate legislative body passed a resolution to “ban alcohol and other illicit substances from all SigEp chapter homes by 2020.

But this isn’t the first time the fraternity has had alcohol-related issues at UT-Arlington

In 2015, Sigma Phi Epsilon had an initial three-year suspension reduced to one year for providing alcohol to minors, some as young as 14.

In that instance, Sigma Phi Epsilon was accused of selling mixed drinks to underage people at a “Glow Party” that was part of the fraternity’s Aug. 23-Sept. 7 Bid Day activities. They were accused of allowing seven to 10 teens ages 14 to 18 into the frat house, where they drank alcohol with the fraternity’s members, according to Star-Telegram archives.

Bill Hanna: 817-390-7698, @fwhanna

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