Northwestern halts fraternity socials after reporting drug cases

Northwestern University has suspended all fraternity activities as it investigates reports of drug incidents at gatherings in Greek homes.

Incidents were reported at two Greek homes – Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Alpha Epsilon Pi – over the weekend, leading to large protests in both, according to The North West Daily. About 2,000 people attended the protests.

The student newspaper reported that the police notices did not directly name the fraternities involved, but listed the addresses.

“Given the recent allegations, the locations of these reported behaviors, and Northwestern’s commitment to the health and safety of our community, the University has decided that effective immediately, there will be no no chapter-sponsored social events or recruiting activities at Northwestern fraternities on the Interfraternity Council (IFC) until at least Oct. 17, Northwestern said in a statement Sunday, according to ABC7.

“This includes events with non-members, such as alumni. Individuals or groups who violate this restriction, or any other University policy, will be referred to the Office of Community Standards,” the statement continued.

The university’s Associated Student Government has barred members of the IFC and Panhellenic Association from holding or running for Senate seats, according to the Daily Northwestern. Neither fraternity responded to the newspaper’s request for comment.

Northwestern suspended Sigma Alpha Epsilon in 2017 following a report that four women were drugged at home. The fraternity returned in 2018 after a one-year hiatus. The IFC in 2017 decided to stop recognizing the fraternity after it was accused of recruiting new members and engaging in actions that “continued to make the North West community increasingly insecure” , during his suspension.

Jon Pierce, former international president of Alpha Epsilon Pi International, said in a statement that the organization “is horrified by these stories” and that its members are “fully cooperating with the University’s investigation.”

“If proven guilty, these perpetrators should be punished to the fullest extent of the law,” Pierce added.

Joel C. Hicks