LAWRENCE, Kan. — Fraternities at the University of Kansas will no longer be allowed to hold social events for the remainder of spring.
The Interfraternity Council at KU announced Monday a “self-imposed temporary freeze” for all of its 24 chapters. Only philanthropic events, community service activities, and chapter events will be allowed under the freeze.
“We wish to establish a strategic plan that includes higher standards to which the IFC community will commit to holding itself,” said a release sent out by the IFC.
Members can still continue to live in the houses.
Other universities across the country have imposed similar freezes, including the University of Michigan, Texas State University, Penn State University, and Florida State University.
Trouble on campus
This school year, several KU fraternities have been investigated by the university and their national organizations.
KU’s Delta Upsilon, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and Sigma Phi Epsilon chapters have all been suspended by their national headquarters.
According to KU’s university of conduct status report, during the 2017-2018 school year, Alpha Epsilon Pi and Sigma Alpa Epsilon were both accused of hazing and sanctioned for the violation.
During the 2016-2017 school year, Sigma Chi was sanctioned for hazing while Delta Upsilon was sanctioned for disruption and violating an alcohol and drug policy.
Accordingly to the release, IFC will work with university leaders to determine the length of the freeze and conditions for it to be lifted. While no timetable has been set, IFC President Daniel Lee said a “reasonable goal” would be by the end of the semester in May.