Concerns over alcohol on East Carolina University buses have resulted in an investigation and a fraternity being banned from chartering ECU buses.
The university conducted an investigation after allegations of drinking and photos of beer cans on an ECU bus were e-mailed to school leadership.
ECU officials confirm the photos sent are real and that they showed a university bus after it had been chartered.
John Durham, ECU spokesperson, said the first investigation involved the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Durham said some fraternity members, both of legal age and underage, were drinking on an ECU bus they had chartered earlier this year to attend a weekend golf event out of town.
Officials say beer was smuggled onto the bus in golf bags.
“The incident described in the e-mail did take place,” Durham said. “The fraternity chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon in question has been banned from chartering ECU transportation. Further disciplinary action could result from an investigation by the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, which is essentially ECU’s disciplinary office.”
WITN is working to contact Sigma Phi Epsilon.
Durham also tells WITN News an investigation is underway into another possible similar incident involving another fraternity on the ECU campus.