WVU Suspends Fraternity After 19 Members Charged With Underage Drinking

West Virginia University placed one of its fraternities on temporary suspension recently after 19 of its members were charged by Morgantown police for underage drinking and other violations, according to The Dominion Post.

Sigma Chi fraternity is not permitted to accept new pledges or host social events. In fact, the fraternity may not participate in any university functions – either on-campus or off-campus, the news agency reported.

The suspension stems from an incident on Nov. 6, in which Morgantown police were summoned to South Park. Police said there had been reports of a large crowd running through the streets – screaming and intoxicated – around 1:30 a.m., according to The Dominion Post. As a result, officers arrested three men for underage drinking. Citations were issued to 16 others. All 19 told police they were members of Tau Kappa Epsilon, the news agency reported. All students involved need an experienced lawyer to help them out. Not only are they facing criminal charges, but they likely will face student-conduct charges, as well.

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Source: The Dominion Post: WVU Suspends Fraternity