Auburn, Ala. (EETV) - Four Auburn
University officials did not specify what those special statuses were but noted that organizations are placed on special status when "alleged behavior is concerning enough that it seems that the health and safety of students may be in jeopardy.”
The University will not release specifics on the incidents, but according to Jill Martin, Director of Greek Life, “complaints typically allege misuse of alcohol or hazing.”
Of Auburn’s 51 greek organizations, four have been placed on a special status. Both the Office of Greek Life and the group’s national headquarters can place a Greek organization on a special status. Two of the four statuses were issued by the Greek Life office and the national organization separately, while the other two were issued jointly by both organizations.
“Each fall and spring, we partner with the Office of Student Conduct, as they investigate complaints against fraternities and sororities,” said Martin. “No chapter is sanctioned without participating in a process which includes a thorough investigation and adjudication by a board of fraternity leaders.”
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This news comes just days after Florida State University suspended all Greek life, following the finding of an unresponsive Pi Kappa Phi at a fraternity party.
“For this suspension to end, there will need to be a new normal for Greek life at the university,” said FSU President John Thrasher. “There must be a new culture, and our students must be full participants in creating it.”
According to FSU, fraternity and sorority chapters will be prohibited from holding new member events, council or chapter meetings, chapter organized tailgates, chapter events such as socials, philanthropy, retreats, intramurals, organized participation in Market Wednesday and organized participation in Homecoming.
We have reached out to President Leath's office for comment. At this time we have not received a response.