MU withdraws recognition status of Phi Gamma Delta

October 22, 2021
Contact: Christian Basi, 573-882-4430, basic@missouri.edu 

The Mizzou chapter of Phi Gamma Delta (also known as Fiji) was found responsible for multiple violations of the University of Missouri’s Standard of Conduct (Collected Rules and Regulations 200.010). Through the preliminary conduct procedures, the university sanctioned a withdrawal of recognition for the chapter as a recognized student organization.

The fraternity has five business days to reject the informal disposition if they choose to do so. The fraternity will remain on temporary suspension until the decision is final.

“Safety of the Mizzou community is our number one priority, and anytime that safety is compromised, we must take action,” said Bill Stackman, vice chancellor for Student Affairs. “We expect all of our students to uphold the university values of Respect, Responsibility, Discovery and Excellence. Moving forward, we appreciate our partnership with Interfraternity Council chapters and our entire campus community to ensure that all Mizzou students can thrive in a safe environment.”

Only recognized student organizations have free access to certain university facilities and are allowed to participate in campus activities, including Homecoming and social events. This action will not affect individual students’ abilities to attend classes and continue their academic progress this semester.

The international headquarters for Phi Gamma Delta is conducting an internal investigation and working in partnership with the university.

“The International Fraternity expects its chapters to abide by its laws and policies,” said Rob Caudill, executive director for Phi Gamma Delta. “We will hold them accountable if not upheld.”

On Oct. 20, the university announced the suspension of all Interfraternity Council (IFC) chapter activities.

“This action was not an indictment on our Greek system, but a pause that provides us an opportunity to review our current culture through an assessment process,” Stackman said.

During this time, the university will evaluate fraternity and campus culture through an assessment process. This review will inform new strategies for alcohol safety, hazing awareness and healthy relationships for all students on campus, as these issues are not isolated to our Greek community.

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