October 20, 2021
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University of Missouri Greek student leaders and MU officials announced today a suspension of all fraternity activities, including social events and university-sanctioned activities. This action comes after a student was taken to the hospital following a party at a local fraternity. Both the MU Police Department and the Office of Student Accountability & Support are currently investigating the incident.
Police responded in the early hours of Wednesday, Oct. 20 to the Phi Gamma Delta house following reports that a freshman student was unresponsive and had been transported to University Hospital. Both the university and the Phi Gamma Delta national organization have suspended the local chapter temporarily.
“When we learned of what happened, the Interfraternity Council (IFC) Executive Board unanimously voted to support the decision to halt all fraternity activities,” said Conner Sibley, president of IFC and an MU senior. “We stand in agreement with the actions being taken by the university as nothing is more important than the safety of the Mizzou community.”
“We are extremely concerned about the events that were occurring at the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity,” said Bill Stackman, vice chancellor for Student Affairs at MU. “There was agreement with IFC on the decision to stop all fraternity activities, and we will be completing a thorough review of the methods put in place to ensure safety at fraternity events. As part of the investigations, we will hold anyone accountable who is found to have willfully ignored or violated university regulations. Those individuals could also face criminal charges.”
Based on the initial investigation, several members of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity are believed to have consumed significant amounts of alcohol during a party at the fraternity.
“Following the investigation, we will review the findings and determine if any immediate changes should be made to ensure the safety of students participating in Greek Life activities,” Stackman said. “No further activities from fraternities will be allowed as we investigate. This review, to be conducted in concert with IFC, will allow us to reinforce our expectations for personal and academic growth in a safe environment.”