UA ousts troubled frat until 2019

2014-08-19T00:00:00Z 2014-08-19T09:28:48Z UA ousts troubled frat until 2019By Carol Ann Alaimo Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

A fraternity that routinely served alcohol to minors and mistreated new members has been banned from the University of Arizona until 2019.

The UA announced Monday that it had withdrawn recognition of Phi Gamma Delta, which held an illicit booze bash hours before a teen member fell to his death on campus in April.

The UA move follows similar action by the fraternity’s Kentucky-based headquarters, which recently cut ties with the Tucson chapter. Its fraternity house has been turned into student housing.

An investigation by the UA’s dean of students found the fraternity posed “a substantial risk to the members of the university community,” a UA news release said.

The dean determined that fraternity brothers, known as Fijis, purposely misled police investigating the April 4 death of freshman Michael Anderson of California.

Anderson, 19, had twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood when he died from an accidental fall on the roof of a UA dorm.

Emails seized as part of the police probe showed the fraternity, already on probation for past misconduct, surreptitiously held about 20 drinking parties at the frat house and that underage drinking was common.

Evidence also showed that new members were kicked, had food thrown at them or were denied food, and were made to act as servants of older members — all in violation of UA hazing policies.

Fraternity members implicated in wrongdoing still face individual hearings with the dean. Possible penalties include sanctions, suspension or expulsion from the UA.

Seven Fiji members were arrested in July on suspicion of providing alcohol to minors and misleading police.

Contact the reporter at calaimo@tucson.com or 573-4138.

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