University investigates pre-rush practices, impromptu meeting held

On Aug. 19, Aaron Bachenheimer, director of the UNC Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life and Community Involvement, met with presidents of Interfraternity Council chapters in a regular meeting on risk management and education.

Following the meeting, fraternity presidents and Interfraternity Council executive members met privately to discuss the recent alcohol-related violations and set expectations for the upcoming rush period, which began Friday and continues through Sept. 2.

Kenan Lee Drum, Interfraternity Council president, said the meeting was held to discuss a handful of violations that occurred before official rush began.

Bachenheimer said the University is investigating alcohol-related admissions to UNC Hospitals that originated from many different places the weekend of Aug. 15, including fraternity houses.

“We’re looking into what events could — or might — be related to fraternities,” he said.

Drum said he spoke with fraternity presidents and told them that the Interfraternity Council’s Greek Judicial Board was beginning to investigate incidents that were in violation of Interfraternity Council policy. Drum declined to share the names of the fraternities involved or their potential punishments.

“The overarching tone of the meeting was the promotion of health and safety of all involved, including current brothers and rushees,” he said.

The incidents currently under investigation occurred before the rush period, and Drum said he is not aware of any policy violations since the rush period began.

“Since the beginning of rush on Friday, we have experienced no major violations of IFC policy, which is down from past years,” he said.

All events taking place during recruitment are dry functions for both current members and rushees, regardless of age, according to UNC’s Fraternity and Sorority Alcohol Policy.

Drum said the incidents that occurred the weekend of Aug. 15 were at about the same level as previous years.

“This is nothing new,” he said. “Each year you see a handful of violations. This year is no different in that regard.”

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