University responds to 3 Clemson fraternities placed on probation for hazing, misconduct

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CLEMSON, S.C. (AP/ WSPA) – A report says three fraternities at Clemson University have been disciplined for violating the university’s code of conduct.

Delta Chi, Phi Delta Theta and Chi Phi were investigated following accusations of harsh new member processes and placed on probation.

Delta Chi is on probation until Dec. 2021 for forcing new members into personal servitude.

Chi Phi and Phi Delta Theta are on probation until May 2020.

Chi Phi forced members to drink alcohol and Phi Delta Theta withheld information during an investigation.

A Clemson representative says all three fraternities were placed under sanctions they must adhere to.

Interim Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Dr. Chris Miller released a statement on the investigation:

“Pursuant to the Tucker Hipps Transparency Act and South Carolina Code of Laws section 59-101-210, Clemson University reported three student organizations were found in violation of the Student Code of Conduct during the 2019 fall semester. Concerns were brought forward regarding the new member education programs for these organizations and Clemson’s Office of Community and Ethical Standards (OCES) and the national headquarters of the respective organizations conducted joint investigations into the matters. As a result of the investigations, university chapters of Chi Phi, Phi Delta Theta and Delta Chi were placed on disciplinary probation. These organizations must complete the sanctions outlined from the case and if they are not compliant or found in violation of additional charges during the probationary time period, further sanctions could be applied.

“Clemson University takes all conduct matters very seriously and is committed to upholding the institution’s core values of honesty, integrity and respect. Our expectation is for these student organizations to satisfy the requirements set forth by OCES and their respective national headquarters. The Division of Student Affairs will work with these organizations to ensure compliance during the probationary time period.”

Dr. Chris Miller

A Phi Delta Theta Fraternity headquarters spokesperson said they are aware of the local Clemson University chapter’s placement on a probationary status through May 31, 2020.

“Phi Delta Theta holds the health and safety of its members and guests in high regard. Any violation of the law or organizational policies that puts any individuals at risk is and will be taken very seriously,” the statement said.

We’ll continue to update this story as we learn more.

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