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University of Arizona allows return of frat tossed off campus four years ago

Mar 21, 2018, 1:04 PM
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PHOENIX — A fraternity will reportedly return to the University of Arizona campus after being shut down in 2014 for violating policies, including hazing and serving alcohol to minors.

Phi Gamma Delta, nicknamed FIJI, was kicked off campus in August 2014 for code of conduct violations that resulted in the death of Michael Evan Anderson, 19, in April of that year, the Arizona Daily Star reports.

Anderson fell off the roof of a University of Arizona dorm not long after being at a fraternity party. A toxicology report showed that Anderson’s blood-alcohol content was twice the legal limit.

While authorities couldn’t determine if the fraternity direct played a role in the death of Anderson, they found that it had hosted 20 events from December 2013 to April 2014 where alcohol was served to minors.

The university kicked the FIJI chapter off campus for violating drug, alcohol and hazing policies.

In the decision, Phi Delta Gamma was kicked out until April 2019. However, the fraternity was allowed to begin reestablishing itself last year because every member who was in the organization during the 2014 incident had graduated or were no longer enrolled.

The fraternity announced plans to “recolonize” the organization last fall and, in February, it released an update which said that it had recruited 18 new members in the spring. The fraternity has as many as 75 members.

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University of Arizona allows return of frat tossed off campus four years ago