The University’s Greek Judicial Board is preparing to investigate after allegations surfaced against two UNC fraternities — one of which has been suspended by its national chapter.
Chi Phi and Pi Lambda Phi are both being investigated by the University and Chi Phi has been suspended by its national body in conjunction with UNC, said Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Winston Crisp in an interview last week.
According to the Chi Phi national website, the fraternity is being investigated by its national body for alleged alcohol violations and inappropriate new member activities. Pi Lambda Phi chapter leaders and UNC administrators have not yet commented on why that fraternity is being investigated at the University level.
Fields Pierce, the incoming chairman of the Greek Judicial Board, said the fraternities’ cases are different and there is no connection between them.
And due to the cases’ timing, Pierce said if a formal investigation is launched, it likely wouldn’t be until next semester.
“The unfortunate thing within these cases … (is) everything is unfolding right before break,” Pierce said.
Crisp said the decision to suspend Chi Phi was made by its national fraternity body, but that he and the University support the decision to cease all chapter operations.
“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.
Chi Phi has been in the spotlight since David Shannon, a freshman and pledge in the fraternity, died after falling from equipment at a Carrboro concrete plant in October 2012, but Crisp said this suspension is not related to that incident.