UPDATE: Since the article’s original publication, additional information has been confirmed. The article has been updated to reflect this.
Two UNC fraternities are under investigation by the University, and one of them has been suspended by its national chapter.
UNC’s Chi Phi fraternity has been suspended by the national chapter in conjunction with the University until the national body concludes an investigation into alleged risk management violations.
The investigation will look into alleged alcohol violations and inappropriate new member activities, according to the Chi Phi website.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp said Tuesday night that the Chi Phi suspension is a decision made by the national body, but that a separate University investigation into Chi Phi has also been ongoing.
“We always investigate any allegations that come to us about hazing, alcohol or anything else that’s contrary to University policy and that is based on our own policies or procedures,” Crisp said.
Crisp also confirmed that the UNC Pi Lambda Phi fraternity is under University investigation for allegations made this semester against it, though he would not comment on what those allegations are.
“There is an investigation (into Pi Lambda Phi) and there are some allegations, (I’m) not going to get into any more details, but yes, the institution is aware of some allegations and they’re being investigated,” he said.
When asked about the allegations, and if they included hazing, Pi Lambda Phi President Robert Harrison said he had no comment.
As for the Chi Phi suspension, the fraternity has been in the spotlight since David Shannon, a UNC freshman pledge, was found dead at a mixed concrete plant in Carrboro in October 2012, but Crisp said Shannon’s death is not related to this suspension.
“David Shannon’s death is continuing to be investigated by the Carrboro Police Department, that is an open and ongoing investigation, we don’t interfere with that investigation,” Crisp said. “We cooperate with and support that investigation but … these actions are not directly related to that.”
When asked if the Chi Phi national investigation is related to allegations from this semester, Crisp said he is uncertain how far back the national body is looking and that it does not always relate to one instance. But he added that allegations have been made this semester against the fraternity.
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