Two fraternities to face IFC judicial board

Alpha Tau Omega and Alpha Gamma Rho will face the Interfraternal Council Judicial Board to determine the consequences for incidents which occurred at their fraternity houses earlier this month.

Mike Young, assistant vice president of student affairs, said the IFC will schedule the hearings for sometime next week.

Both fraternities will remain on social probation until further notice, Young said.

He said they are still allowed to participate in events on campus such as All Campus Sing, hold meetings and do service work.

Young said the purpose of the hearings is to find out the fraternities’ side of the story and hold them accountable for their actions.

“Sometimes things happen when they are not following their policies and we need to know why they are not,” Young said. “We want the Greek community to be strong, but also be a safe environment and be responsible for the social guidelines that exist.”

He said the board will render a decision on how to hold the fraternities responsible after hearing both cases and determining if University guidelines were followed.

On March 3 a fight broke out at an ATO party. Victor Daniels, junior from Waycross, Ga., and Ryan Walker, senior from Las Angeles, Calif., were arrested after allegedly assaulting De’Vin Graves, a non-student, who attended the party.

Sgt. Scott Svebakkend with the Murray Police Department said the fight broke out around 2 a.m. after Graves was allegedly trying to defend a female who was being harassed.

Daniel pleaded guilty in Calloway County Circuit Court and was sentenced to 90 days in jail.

Walker’s case is pending before the District Grand Jury.

The second case occurred around 3 a.m. on March 4 at the AGR fraternity house.

A 17-year-old non-student female was allegedly drinking at a party hosted by AGR and was taken to the hospital for suspected alcohol poisoning.

Young said the student affairs office first handled the case due to the immediacy of it, but will now let the IFC decide what repercussions the fraternities will face.

He said elected leaders from both organizations will be present for the hearings.

Don Robertson, vice president of Student Affairs, said the University expects all fraternities and sororities to follow all guidelines and rules regarding social activities.

“Our goal is for the fraternities and sororities to take responsibility for their actions,” Robertson said.

The board will decide what University policies, if any, were violated and if the guidelines for social activities were followed, Robertson said.

He said the board will base their decision on the IFC constitution.

As of now, no conclusions have been made as to what role the organizations played at the time of the incidents.

He said there are several actions the board could take including extending the social probation and adding additional consequences.

 

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