University of Maryland suspends fraternities and sororities after allegations of misconduct

University of Maryland officials announced Friday the suspension of fraternities and sororities on its campus in College Park, Maryland.

The announcement, cosigned by the Department of Fraternity & Sorority Life and the Office of Student Conduct, arrives on the heels of numerous allegations of misconduct from chapters within the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council that supposedly present threats to “the safety and well-being of members of the University community,” the announcement reads.

Fraternity and sorority councils were informed at a Thursday emergency meeting that further allegations of misconduct could result in an order to cease and desist activities, and the suspension was handed down a day later.

“Despite that warning, additional incidents regarding fraternity and sorority organizations were reported today. Therefore, effective immediately, all IFC and PHA new member program activities are suspended indefinitely, pending the results of a thorough investigation. Additionally, all IFC and PHA organizations are on social moratorium indefinitely,” the order read.

“Social moratorium prohibits the chapter from hosting any events, on or off-campus, where alcohol is present. This is a formal notification to chapter leadership that the current members of the organization are to have absolutely NO CONTACT with any new member or prospective new member,” it continued.

The University of Maryland is home to at least 21 fraternities and 16 sororities, and they will be suspended from the aforementioned activities until an investigation into the allegations is completed.

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“Failure to comply with this cease and desist directive may result in further group or individual sanctions through the Office of Student Conduct,” the announcement read. “We expect and appreciate your full compliance with this request and look forward to resolving this matter.”

The decision to suspend fraternities and sororities at the University of Maryland comes days after the Kappa Sigma chapter at the University of Virginia was suspended following an alleged hazing incident.

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