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University of New Mexico suspends most Greek life activities

Kassi Nelson
December 13, 2017 05:18 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Hazing and alcohol violations reports have emerged at universities across the country. UNM fraternities face similar allegations that affected all Greek life on campus.

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The university placed restrictions on fraternities and sororities here on campus, forcing them to take a break from all social events as an investigation moves forward.

Ryan Lindquist, the university's interim director of student activities, said multiple allegations have been made since October and include three fraternities -- Phi Gamma Delta, Pi Kappa Alpha, and Phi Delta Theta. All 22 Greek chapters face the restrictions.

"It's important for us as a community to remind our students that the national organizations expect a lot out of them," Lindquist said. "They have values they must live up to and also that the University of New Mexico has a high expectation of them for following the rules and living up to the policies and procedures that the University of New Mexico asks them to do."

In a letter, the university lays out the new rules. They including a ban on social functions with other chapters on or off campus effective until Feb. 19. The fraternities are still allowed to conduct chapter business and participate in community service projects.
Lindquist said it will give the dean of students time to investigate the claims and give the chapters a period to reflect on their values.

The national chapters have been notified and are looking into the allegations, Lindquist said. He couldn't go into specifics on what exactly the complaints contained. If they're found to be true, Lindquist said punishment could be simple as being on social probation or as severe as being kicked off campus.

Read the full memo here.

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