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Archive for Tuesday, September 23, 1997

KU SORORITIES FACE DISCIPLINARY ACTION

September 23, 1997

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Kansas University Panhellenic officials convened on Monday to discuss possible disciplinary actions against three sororities allegedly involved with the inappropriate courting of a fraternity.

KU director of Greek activities Bill Nelson said Chi Omega, Gamma Phi Beta and Kappa Alpha Theta were involved in the misdeeds, the specifics of which he would not describe.

"The chapters are aware that they will be receiving formal complaints from Panhellenic," Nelson said. "The women, in each of these situations, were isolated groups."

Panhellenic President Ashley Udden and Panhellenic Chief Justice Mel Tricamo met on Monday to begin the process and paperwork involved with formal disciplinary action, Nelson added. The chapters should receive a notice to appear before the Panhellenic board later this week.

Potential penalties include restriction of privileges, suspension and probation.

"At this point, it's still in the process of all of the information gathering," Nelson said.

The spring invitational party, Sigma Nu's Bacchanalia, has been canceled and will be retooled for the future, Nelson said. Eric Weddle, Sigma Nu president, could not be reached for comment.

"The men have agreed not to have the party," Nelson said, adding that the violations in question conflicted with the Greek system's "standards of ethical behavior."

Whether individual members will be disciplined internally is up to each house. Nelson said at least two of the three chapters have chosen to do that, but did not elaborate.

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