All members of 5 KU fraternities issued public health bans after social activities ‘that put our community’s health at risk’

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A bus passes in front of Strong Hall, Monday, Nov. 16, 2015 on the University of Kansas campus in Lawrence. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner)

All of the members of five fraternities at the University of Kansas have been banned from campus for 10 days after recent social activities “that put our community’s health at risk,” the university’s vice provost for student affairs said Friday.

The bans affect all of the members of the KU chapters of Delta Tau Delta, Phi Delta Theta, Phi Kappa Psi, Sigma Chi and Sigma Phi Epsilon, KU spokesperson Erinn Barcomb-Peterson confirmed to the Journal-World on Friday. She said the fraternity members would be prohibited from entering any “property, buildings, or other facilities of the University of Kansas, excluding Watkins Health Center.”

In a campus message Friday announcing the ban, Vice Provost for Student Affairs Tammara Durham wrote that the university was “disappointed in the poor judgement demonstrated by these individuals.” Other than saying that the students’ activities violated KU’s and Douglas County’s public health guidelines, the message didn’t provide any specific information about what sorts of activities led to the bans.

“As we have communicated to you many times during the past year, the university will not tolerate selfish and irresponsible behavior that jeopardizes the safety of our community,” Durham wrote.

Durham also urged students not to get complacent about public health practices, and she wrote that even students who have been vaccinated or have recently recovered from COVID-19 needed to follow health officials’ guidance. People who see violations of the university’s health rules can report them via, she said.


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