USU announces suspension of fraternity due to 'alcohol violations'
By Kevin Opsahl
A fraternity chapter has been suspended by Utah State University for an
apparent recent alcohol policy violation, the university announced Friday.
According to Logan City Police Department officials, police responded to a
medical call on Sept. 26 from the Gamma Epsilon chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha,
located at 757 E. 700 North near USU in Logan. An "underage female"
was sent to Logan Regional Hospital with an "extremely elevated alcohol
level," according to Lt. Brad Franke.
Both USU and Logan police are investigating the case, Franke said. The
police department is conducting a separate criminal investigation involving
supplying minors with alcohol, he said. Assistant Police Chief Jeff Curtis
added that charges are pending.
When The Herald Journal reached the chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha for comment, a
resident said, "not interested," and hung up.
Police officials said USU made a records request on the case, which led USU
President Stan Albrecht to announce the suspension Friday.
"We feel we have the right to take any steps necessary to keep the
university and its members safe," said James Morales, vice president of
student services, when contacted Friday. "What we do know is sufficient
for us to take action, as the president has taken, and implement this
Morales said the chapter has not "disbanded," and students are
able to stay in the home because it is private. Since the Gamma Epsilon chapter
of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity is no longer officially "recognized" by
USU, it has "limited or no" access to USU services pending the
outcome of the investigation, he said.
A statement from Albrecht released Friday said, "The suspension will be
for an indefinite period of time pending the outcome of further
Morales would not comment on the nature of the alleged violations or say if
more than one student was involved in the situation.
"We have a relationship with these Greek organizations, and we like
that we have that relationship because they're part of the local
community," Morales said. "But we don't have legal oversight of them
beyond the fact that we can recognize them as organizations."