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  • The University of Missouri on Thursday suspended all fraternity activities after a freshman was found unresponsive at a fraternity party and taken to a hospital.
  • “We are extremely concerned about the events that were occurring at the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity,” said Bill Stackman, vice chancellor for Student Affairs at the Columbia campus, in a statement.
  • “As part of the investigations, we will hold anyone accountable who is found to have willfully ignored or violated university regulations,” Stackman added. “Those individuals could also face criminal charges.”

The University of Missouri on Thursday suspended all fraternity activities after a freshman was found unresponsive at a fraternity party and taken to a hospital. 

The St. Louis Post Dispatch reported the university’s Phi Gamma Delta chapter was temporarily suspended by order of the university and the fraternity’s national organization. The Missouri University Police Department and the Office of Student Accountability & Support are conducting an investigation. 

“We are extremely concerned about the events that were occurring at the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity,” said Bill Stackman, vice chancellor for Student Affairs at the Columbia campus, in a statement. 

“There was agreement with IFC on the decision to stop all fraternity activities, and we will be completing a thorough review of the methods put in place to ensure safety at fraternity events,” Stackman continued. “As part of the investigations, we will hold anyone accountable who is found to have willfully ignored or violated university regulations. Those individuals could also face criminal charges.”

No additional details regarding the status of the unresponsive student are available at this time. 

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The Wednesday incident follows a warning in September that students suspected drinks were being drugged at parties on campus, according to the Dispatch. The school’s Civil Rights & Title IX office received reports, which are under investigation. 

A roughly 200-person crowd gathered Wednesday outside the Phi Gamma Delta house, where some chanted “Stop the hazing. We want justice,” The Columbia Missourian reported.

“When we learned of what happened, the Interfraternity Council (IFC) Executive Board unanimously voted to support the decision to halt all fraternity activities,” Conner Sibley, president of the IFC, said. “Nothing is more important than the safety of the Mizzou community.” 


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Published on Oct 21, 2021