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Missouri suspends fraternity activities after student is hospitalized

The University of Missouri-Columbia has suspended all fraternity activities after a student was found unresponsive at a fraternity house on campus. 

The student was admitted to the hospital with suspected alcohol poisoning after a party at the Phi Gamma Delta house, the Columbia Missourian reported.

The university has also temporarily suspended the Phi Gamma Delta chapter following the incident. The suspension was ordered by both the university and the fraternity's national organization.

Anyone involved in the incident will be held accountable and criminal charges could be filed, the university's vice chancellor of student affairs, Bill Stackman, said in a statement.

"Following the investigation, we will review the findings and determine if any immediate changes should be made to ensure the safety of students participating in Greek Life activities," Stackman said in the release.

"No further activities from fraternities will be allowed as we investigate. This review, to be conducted in concert with IFC, will allow us to reinforce our expectations for personal and academic growth in a safe environment."

The Interfraternity Council also voted to support the decision, according to a news release from the university.

"We stand in agreement with the actions being taken by the university as nothing is more important than the safety of the Mizzou community," council president Conner Sibley said in the release.

Investigations are being conducted by both University of Missouri police and the university's Office of Student Accountability & Support, Christian Basi, a spokesperson for the university told The Hill.

Over 300 protestors gathered in front of the fraternity after the news broke with chants of "Stop the hazing. We want justice," the Columbia Missourian said.