Fresno State Bans Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity's Phi Chi Chapter for Five Years
The fraternity Phi Gamma Delta is banned for at least five years from official recognition
by California State University, Fresno as a result of alcohol-related violations of university
policy, the Division of Student Affairs announced today.
The university's sanctions are effective immediately. However the chapter may file an appeal with Dr. Paul Oliaro, vice president of student affairs and dean of students. The chapter has until 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27 to appeal.
"We made sure we had all the facts available before we proceeded," Coon said. "This is the most serious sanction we can impose on an organization, short of a lifetime ban, and is intended to serve notice we will not tolerate this kind of behavior."
Coon cited an incident in October involving underage drinking and a Jan. 7 party, the night before former student Danny Daniels was found dead from acute alcohol poisoning in Phi Gamma Delta's off-campus fraternity house.
She again expressed the university community's sorrow and condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Daniels, who was 19.
Mr. Daniels had attended Fresno State in the 2004-05 school year as a music major and was a member of the Bulldog Marching Band that year. However, he was not a student last fall or this spring semester.
The Student Affairs Division conducted a review of the incidents surrounding Mr. Daniel's death at the fraternity house using reports from the Fresno County Coroner's Office and the Fresno Police Department as well as information provided by members of the fraternity, also known as Fiji.
Coon said the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity has been on suspension status since October for violation of university policies during the fall semester. That incident, related to allegations of underage drinking occurring at a Fiji party in October, still was being reviewed at winter break in mid-December and final action had been expected when the spring semester resumed last week. The tragedy two weeks ago was added to the review.
The Phi Gamma Delta fraternity has had a series of discipline measures in recent years. In 2003 it was placed on probation for three semesters for alcohol violations and successfully completed the terms of that sanction in January 2005.
Coon said Fresno State cannot tolerate student organizations that disregard university sanctions and create conditions that can affect the health and safety of others.
"In this case, the fraternity was already under suspension and apparently that sanction was not sufficient to motivate them to ensure that underage and excessive drinking of alcohol not occur in their house," Coon said. "Loss of recognition is the next alternative short of a lifetime ban."
Contact: Tom Uribes (559) 278-5366 or 246-1717
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