UA withdraws recognition of fraternity

2014-08-18T15:20:00Z 2014-08-18T15:49:16Z UA withdraws recognition of fraternityArizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
August 18, 2014 3:20 pm  • 

The University of Arizona has withdrawn its recognition of a troubled fraternity that officials said committed multiple violations of the school's code of conduct.

Phi Gamma Delta, more commonly known as Fiji, must cease all activities on campus through April 2019. The university said withdrawal of recognition is initiated when an organization presents a substantial risk to the members of the university community. The university suspended the frat in July.

The investigation, conducted by the UA Dean of Students Office, found that chapter members engaged in hazing, provided alcohol to minors and conspired to not cooperate with university officials and university police, the school said in a news release.

The violations occurred while the chapter was under probation and a suspension that prohibited events with alcohol.

The chapter, established in 1931, recently found its activities under a microscope after freshman Michael Anderson of California fell to his death from a cooling tower on campus in April.

A police investigation turned up evidence that Anderson, 19, and fellow fraternity brothers were partying at the frat house a few hours before he died with more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in his blood.

The frat's house, which is at 1801 E. First St., has been closed and is in the process of being transformed by the UA into upscale student housing.

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