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Photo by: Tim Freed - The suspension of fraternities is temporary, according to school officials, but will affect school activities at least until late March.
Winter Park / Maitland Observer Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017 2 years ago

Rollins College suspends fraternities due to 'high risk behaviors'

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by: Sarah Wilson Staff Writer

Due to concerns about the health and safety of its students, Rollins College suspended all of its fraternities earlier this week citing concern over incidents involving alcohol, substance abuse and violence.

“There have been several incidents involving alcohol, substance use, and violence that are concerning to the College and this suspension is meant to put a temporary halt on activities until these issues can be addressed,” said Jazmine Rodriguez, director of Student Life, Fraternity & Sorority Life at Rollins, in an email to Fraternity & Sorority Life members late on Tuesday.

The email was sent just after an email from Meghan Harte Weyant, assistant vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students, went out to all Rollins students and staff alerting them to the fact that all fraternity activity was temporarily suspended as of Feb. 21 until further notice.

“This decision was made for the safety and wellbeing of all our Fraternity and Sorority Life students and the community at large,” Weyant said in the email.

In the email, she said the action came following the review of a series of student conduct concerns.

“The concerns included high risk behaviors on behalf of all six of our fraternities,” she wrote.

According to the Rollins College Fraternity & Sorority Life website, the school is home to six fraternities and seven sororities. The sororities are not impacted by the suspension, and are allowed to continue business as usual. But, according to the emails, the school’s upcoming Greek Week celebrations – scheduled for the last week of March – are canceled. Instead, the emails state, a series of Fraternity and Sorority Life summits will be held during that week to work on aligning¬†organizational values and behavior¬†with the College's mission.

Until the suspension is lifted, all fraternity chapter privileges are denied and chapters are not allowed to conduct meetings or activities. No timeframe was given in the emails as to when those privileges may be reinstated.

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