A fraternity at Washington University (St. Louis), Phi Delta Theta, is permanently suspended after the discovery of firearms in the fraternity house and violations of the fraternity’s previous primary suspension.
Washington University Police Department found an AR-15 semi-automatic weapon in the fraternity’s on campus house, and a handgun in a car parked in a University garage. The discovery of the weapons came after an anonymous sources provided a photo of the weapons on social media with a partial Phi Delta Theta flag visible in the background.
The owner of the weapons, a student at Wash U and member of Phi Delt, has been removed and suspended from campus.
Words fail at the stupidity of an AR-15 in a fraternity house at Washington University https://t.co/CdVabZF8zd
— Mark Osmack (@mark_osmack) February 21, 2018
The fraternity was under investigation and temporary suspension from Wash U after allegations of a hazing incident in spring 2017. Phi Delt worked to maintain the University’s recognition after the decision was made for the fraternity to uphold a year long suspension beginning in December 2017.
According to independent newspaper of Wash U, Student Life, another investigation into the fraternity began in February due to unsanctioned social events.
Vice Chancellor of Public Affairs, Jill Friedman, stated that the University’s decision to permanently suspend the fraternity comes after multiple violations under the previous suspension.
“There have been concerns about their activity under that temporary suspension,” Friedman said. “The decision on this permanent suspension was in consideration of these concerns and made overwhelmingly on other violations [apart from the firearms].”
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