ETSU fraternity placed on interim suspension pending a judicial hearing

JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) - - JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) - A fraternity chapter at East Tennessee State University has been placed on interim suspension, according to university officials.


ETSU Interim Communications Director Amanda Mowell confirms Kappa Sigma fraternity is on interim suspension pending a judicial hearing.


She said the members were notified of the interim suspension on September 28.


"The people who are members of that group cannot get together and actively participate in their group activities," Mowell said. 


It comes after allegations of underage drinking at the chapter house, unregistered parties at the chapter house, alcohol provided to new members, bid members, pledges and hazing. 


Many of those accusations are said to have occurred at the chapter's house off campus on West Pine St. 


News Channel 11 reached out to the chapter and national organization for a comment, but have yet to hear back.


Mowell said Kappa Sigma is one of 17 sororities and fraternities at ETSU.


She said Kappa Sigma came to ETSU in 2015 and the chapter currently has around 50 members.


As far as the future of the fraternity, Mowell said that will be determined during a judicial hearing planned to be held by the end of the semester.


"We take any allegations very seriously and we are doing our diligence to be sure that we follow protocol and we hold a judicial hearing, give an opportunity for these allegations to be reviewed," Mowell said.


Kappa Sigma is not the only fraternity at ETSU to face conduct issues. Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity officials announce the suspension of their fraternity chapter at ETSU in January following multiple violations including violence and fights. The chapter will be suspended at ETSU until 2021. 



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