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Another ECU fraternity closed after drugs and alcohol found in house

Posted May 9, 2018 10:45 a.m. EDT
Updated May 9, 2018 11:13 a.m. EDT

— Another East Carolina University fraternity has been shut down following an investigation into the use of alcohol and drugs.

The university announced that Phi Kappa Tau was closed Monday by its national organization.

The fraternity was placed on suspension in April after police seized more than 2,500 Xanax bars from the fraternity house. Five fraternity members were charged with drug offenses.

"It is very disappointing to see a chapter that has strayed from our mission of providing brotherhood, learning, ethical leadership and exemplary character" Tim Hudson, chief executive officer for Phi Kappa Tau’s national organization, said in a statement. "The National Council has sent a clear message that the actions uncovered in the investigation are not permitted within our fraternity. We look forward to continuing our partnership with East Carolina University who is supportive of this action."

In January, the Delta Chi National Fraternity announced the indefinite closure of its ECU chapter, while Tau Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity announced the closure of its chapter through the end of the fall 2021 semester. Both organizations cited alcohol at hazing violations at their ECU chapters.