Two University of Vermont fraternities punished for alcohol violations
BURLINGTON — The University of Vermont has leveled sanctions against two fraternity chapters for alcohol-related violations, school officials say.
Phi Gamma Delta was alleged to have hazed students in September by leading them in drinking games as part of the pledge process. The fraternity also violated alcohol policy because some of the pledges were underage, according to Amy Stevens, vice provost for student affairs.
Phi Gamma Delta was given a four-year suspension of recognition. That means it will need to cease all activities, such as chapter meetings, recruitment, initiation and social gatherings, during that period. An appeal by the chapter was denied, according to a news release.
Stevens said the drinking games and an activity where students drank alcohol from a communal bowl constituted hazing because they put the pledges in “a position where they feel they have to drink to be part of the organization.”