Clemson: Fraternity events can resume, with conditions

Clemson: Fraternity events can resume, with conditions

CLEMSON (WCSC) - Fraternities at Clemson University could resume social activities starting on Oct. 10 if certain conditions are met, officials say.

Clemson suspended all social and new-member activities for all Inter-fraternity Council chapters in the wake of multiple incidents involving fraternities this semester.

"Greek life is an integral part of Clemson University and the Clemson experience for our students and the broader campus community. We are working with students to ensure that it continues to flourish," Vice President for Student Affairs Gail DiSabatino said in a statement..

The interim social policy university officials drafted is a path to regain those privileges, according to a release from the university.

The conditions involve adhering to nationally-recognized risk management policies and following certain guidelines for events involving alcohol. Only fraternity chapters deemed in good standing with the university, meaning they are not on any suspension, disciplinary probation or other sanction that would restrict social activities are eligible to regain the opportunity for social activities, officials say.

The policy states that chapters must first hold a State of the Chapter meeting with Student Affairs staff by Nov. 1.

Community service and philanthropic fundraising activities, university-sponsored events that do not involve alcohol and general business meetings are not under the moratorium.

"A comprehensive, long-term plan is under development to enhance the Greek culture of safety and risk management, and address issues related to unacceptable behaviors," DiSabatino said.

The ban on social activities for fraternities was enacted on Sept. 24, and affected all 24 fraternities, citing possible violations of the law or the student conduct code.

No sororities were involved in the ban.

The ban came two days after the death of 19-year-old student Tucker Hipps at Lake Hartwell. Social media buzz initially suggested some type of hazing was involved in Hipps' death, but the Oconee County Sheriff's Office said there was no indication that hazing played a part in the death.

The university's internal investigation into allegations of conduct code violations by fraternities is still underway.

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