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Two frats closed at ECU over alcohol, hazing

Posted January 8, 2018 1:53 p.m. EST

— Two East Carolina University fraternities have been closed by their national headquarters for alcohol and hazing violations, officials said Monday.

The Delta Chi National Fraternity announced the indefinite closure of its ECU chapter, effective immediately, while Tau Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity announced the closure of its chapter through the end of the fall 2021 semester.

Delta Chi officials said an investigation found evidence of hazing and other violations at the ECU chapter.

"These actions by chapter members go against our expectations of membership and do not align with the Oath of Delta Chi," Keith Shriver, executive director and chief executive of the fraternity, said in a statement. "We will not tolerate such violations of laws, policies and principles. The fraternity will work with local alumni, university officials and student leaders to re-establish a membership of values-based men at East Carolina University in the future."

TKE International didn't state the specific reason for its four-year suspension, other than to say in a statement, "The alleged actions of the group do not align with our principles of love, charity and esteem. We are excited about the opportunity to return to the university in four years."

The decisions to close the two chapters weren't related, ECU officials said.

"These closures are a result of violations of both university and fraternity headquarters’ policies regarding alcohol and hazing," Virginia Hardy, vice chancellor for student affairs, said in a statement. "We have been working collaboratively with staff and volunteers from both organizations to investigate and resolve these issues. We are pleased that we have been able to intervene proactively and work in partnership with these two groups."

The closings don't affect any pending university investigations into individual actions, Hardy said.

"We are committed to student safety and work actively to educate our students on critical issues facing Greek-letter organizations nationwide," she said. "We are also committed to holding organizations and students accountable for actions that do not meet expectations."