CMU suspends fraternity after allegations of sexual misconduct, hazing and more

ISABELLA COUNTY (WJRT) - (10/10/18) - Central Michigan University has permanently removed a social fraternity from campus.

Tony Voisin, CMU's associate vice president of Student Affairs, said in the last seven to eight years there have been 13 or more allegations made against Phi Sigma Phi.

The university temporarily suspended the local chapter in August. It's located in the 3400 block of E. Deerfield.

Voisin said after the initial suspension more allegations were made, leading to the removal becoming permanent on Tuesday.

He said the administrative decision is not able to be appealed.

He said Phi Sigma Phi was one of about 400 Registered Student Organizations on campus and they had failed to comply with university regulations.

In April a fraternity member died after what's believed to have been a fraternity social event, there have been allegations of sexual misconduct and hazing too.

"We take the safety of our students very seriously, and when you receive this number of allegations and continue to receive them about misconduct, we need to take action, and so we did," Voisin said.

Voisin added in the past possible victims have not wanted to pursue moving forward with investigations, and witnesses have not been forthcoming with information.

Phi Sigma Phi's national chapter stands behind local members, according to a letter posted on Facebook. You can read it by clicking on the 'Related Link' with this story.

A number of students tell us while they don't know the specifics of this case, they stand behind the decision to do something.

"I like seeing the college making stances and statements about the whole sexual assault issues, and I like seeing them make that stance," said Kat Woodman, a CMU junior.

"I think it says they're not afraid to take drastic actions with things like this," said Katie McMahon, a CMU sophomore.

In light of the removal of Phi Sigma Phi, the university wants to make students aware of resources available to anyone who needs them. Click on the 'Related Link' with this story to learn more.



 
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