The social scene at UNC just got a little bit smaller.
On Monday, the first formal day of recruitment, three out of the four Interfraternity Council chapters who faced disciplinary actions over GPA requirements accepted semester-long social suspensions. The fourth group has yet to declare.
Aaron Bachenheimer, the director of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life and Community Involvement, declined to comment on which fraternities had made the decision because the groups had until midnight to respond.
The four IFC chapters involved are Phi Gamma Delta, Zeta Psi, Pi Kappa Alpha and Pi Lambda Phi.
Social suspension is the prohibition of chapter-organized social events with or without alcohol, Bachenheimer said. This includes, but is not limited to, cocktails, date functions, mixers, tailgates and pregames.
The University’s performance-based recruitment policy, which was established in 2011, requires fraternity and sorority chapters to have an average GPA equal with or higher than the University-wide average — which Bachenheimer said was 3.208 in the spring of 2013 — for two consecutive semesters.
Seven Greek organizations were not in compliance with the GPA requirement as of spring 2013, and the University policy came into effect this semester.
Three Greek Alliance groups, which are multicultural fraternities and sororities, decided to forgo the recruitment of first-semester students, the original punishment necessitated by the policy.
The four IFC chapters decided to weigh their options after Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp offered the chapters an alternative punishment of social suspension. The chapters’ presidents could not be reached for comment.