Wesleyan University Frat-Less After Drug Probe Prompts House Suspension

By McCarton Ackerman 08/07/15

The Psi Upsilon fraternity has been suspended due to a state and federal narcotics probe.

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Liberal arts school Wesleyan University in Connecticut is now without a fraternity after administrators suspended the only remaining fraternity on campus due to a federal drug probe.

The Psi Upsilon fraternity has been suspended due to state and federal investigators looking into fraternity members allegedly organizing group purchases of narcotics. Wesleyan University President Michael S. Roth confirmed that the investigation commenced in May after police reportedly monitored and intercepted an illegal transaction. The house was already on probation for previous violations, so the suspension will go into effect for at least the 2015-2016 academic year.

“[This is] deeply disappointing for so many of us. It is certainly a blow to alumni and students who care for Psi U, and that includes the new women members who had planned to live there this fall,” said Roth in a statement. “We will reconsider Psi U’s status after the relevant investigations conclude.”

The university’s other two fraternity houses, Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) and Beta Theta Pi (Beta), were closed last year. Last February, the campus’ Ecletic Society of Phi Nu Theta fraternity caused a statewide scandal after 11 students were hospitalized due to MDMA overdoses, leading four students to be suspended for their alleged roles. Three months later, the U.S. attorney for Connecticut announced federal charges stemming from the incident against five Wesleyan students.

Several other fraternities across the country have also come under fire in the last year for using alcohol as a weapon against women. The Penn State chapter of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity went under police investigation last March for allegedly photographing drunk and unconscious women at their parties.

The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity at Brown University was suspended last March after two students reported being drugged and sexually assaulted at a house party, and members of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee were accused of slipping date rape drugs into drinks, leading to three hospitalizations.

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