ECU Fraternity Suspended for Alcohol Citations

The Chi Phi fraternity at East Carolina University has been suspended. University officials say the reason is a party earlier this week resulted in at least 60 alcohol citations and one arrest.

The suspension means the 33 members of Chi Phi fraternity may not participate in rush activities and intramural sports, sponsor social functions, or use campus facilities and resources. Rush for fraternities begins next week.

“East Carolina takes seriously underage drinking, whether or not the students are involved with Greek life,” said Corey King, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Experiences at ECU. “Our students must understand that underage drinking has consequences.”

King said an investigation by ECU’s Interfraternity Council could take two to three weeks. Chi Phi members will then undergo a judicial review by the council. Chi Phi had been suspended in February 2007 by its national organization after concerns about new member programs were raised. This suspension prevented the ECU chapter from recruiting new members. King said the fraternity would have been reviewed this week to consider lifting the suspension.

The incident took place Monday at a house at 310 Jarvis St., which is not owned by the Chi Phi fraternity.