ECU: Fraternity Banned From ECU Bus Charters After Alcohol Investigation

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.

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  • by JT Location: Greenville, NC on May 20, 2010 at 01:46 PM
    Again, I go back to my original comment. Is WITN-7 going to report on EVERY student organization that gets in trouble at such a minor level? Be fair! It's not like WITN7 camps out on campus waiting for news stories to hit. Obviously someone sent them this information in an effort to be malicious and dramatic. I also find this a double standard making ECU administation a hypocrit. They knowingly allow students to ride on the Safe Ride route (a.k.a. "The Drunk Bus"), yet that route continues to operate with this same scenario ("damage" to a bus) happening nearly, if not always, every weekend.
  • by B on May 20, 2010 at 05:41 AM
    The charter was for alumni. 3/4 of the people on the bus were alumni. There were around 40 people that played golf, somewhere around 5 to 10 undergrads. The bus driver did not tell those alumni that they couldn't drink on the bus after a golf outing. And, the alumnus that arranged the charter was not on the bus and failed in his oversight responsibility to tell those on the bus of the policy. I was there for the weekend however, I don't golf. This is much ado about nothing, easily correctable. I am disappointed in the litter. That was probably the undergrads, or recent graduates.
  • by to PK Location: Greenville on May 19, 2010 at 09:02 PM
    That's a pretty big accusation to be making against somebody without proof, although I ain't saying I know any different for sure either. Just sayin what I heard from folks that saw the email.
  • by J Location: Greenville on May 19, 2010 at 09:08 AM
    I'm pretty sure if the Fratties just cleaned up after themselves this wouldn't have been an issue....
  • by to PK Location: Greenville on May 19, 2010 at 08:40 AM
    The "concerned parent" is actually a disgruntled employee.
  • by PK Location: Greenville on May 18, 2010 at 04:12 PM
    I've been hearing from folks that the email that kicked this whole mess up came from a parent who saw the pictures on Facebook and went off the deep end about them.
  • by PK on May 18, 2010 at 03:07 PM
    No, this is not "news" worthy. This is sensationalism, yellow journalism, and taking advantage of an unfortunately everyday happenstance on campuses across America to drum up interest to the detriment of the areas major economic engine. Not to mention the thousands of good deeds that come out of ECU regularly that goes largely unnoticed here on WITN. I switched from WNCT-TV viewing habits to WITN when when WITN bought ECU's sports programming rights years ago. WITN has worn out this welcome and taken advantage of their unique position. I stopped watching WITN newscasts a few months ago and will not return. Yes, I'm only one person, and I suggest that some of you do the same. Yes, I am also fully cognizant that I continue to "support" WITN by posting here. Baby steps, PK, baby steps...
  • by Slow Day on May 18, 2010 at 11:48 AM
    Must have been a very, very slow news day.
  • by john sucks on May 18, 2010 at 10:58 AM
    hey john thanks for showing respect to all those who had to deal with the tragic event of the house burning down...get a life man- judge
  • by BH on May 18, 2010 at 09:08 AM
    Someone already said it but I think it is worth this REALLY news worthy? I mean there has to be more important things to report on. This is not steaming from an accident or anything, that would make sense. This sounds more like someone with a grudge against ECU.
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