A longtime fraternity on the Lincoln campus of the University of Nebraska has been suspended.
UNL suspended Alpha Tau Omega for two years, stating the fraternity needs to change its climate and culture on campus.
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Juan Franco says the fraternity violated the university alcohol policy.
“A couple of incidents; one, alcohol was in the house which is against the code of conduct and the university rules and another one was at a gathering off-campus,” Franco tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Franco says the fraternity can shorten the suspension by a year if it adequately addresses the university’s concerns.
“We’re asking the leadership to do a thorough review of the membership and other things that would help the students learn about if they’re going to use alcohol it needs to be done responsibly,” according to Franco.
Alpha Tau Omega has been affiliated with UNL since 1897. The national chapter says it agrees with the sanctions and will expel fraternity members whose actions led to the suspension.
Under the suspension, freshmen will not be allowed to live in the chapter house and the formal affiliation the fraternity has with the university will be severed.