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Posted at 5:25 PM ET, 01/27/2011

GWU fraternities, sorority to lose campus houses this spring

By Jenna Johnson
Jenna Johnson

George Washington University officials announced late Wednesday that two fraternities and one sorority will lose their spots in campus townhouses at the end of this school year because of hazing and underage drinking.

The university would not provide details of the incidents that led Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Kappa Kappa Gamma to be charged earlier this month with hazing, providing alcohol to minors and underage consumption of alcohol. All three groups have decided not to challenge the charges in the university's judicial system.

GWU Dean of Students Peter Konwerski said in a statement that "hazing in any form is unacceptable... alcohol-related hazing is particularly unacceptable and dangerous."

Pi Kappa Alpha, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Kappa Kappa Gamma have been placed on "social and disciplinary probation," said Tara Pereira, assistant dean of students in a statement. Although the three groups will lose their leases for spots in the university's Townhouse Row, they will continue to be active chapters that can accept new members.

Sigma Phi Epsilon President Adam Kelsey said in an e-mail that the charges were the result of "an isolated incident." He said the fraternity decided to accept the sanctions so that it could move forward.

Pi Kappa Alpha President Michael Waterman said in a statement that his fraternity is also "excited to move forward as a positive and active member of the GW community." The statement acknowledged that last fall there was an "unfortunate incident involving underage drinking that was not condoned by our Fraternity."

Kappa Kappa Gamma President Bianca Timiraos said in a statement that the chapter is "confident that our sisterhood will be strengthened as we work with our organization and university officials to facilitate positive change in our Greek community."

The hazing charges, which the university first began to investigate in the fall, have prompted the campus Greek community to reflect and make "some important cultural changes," Konwerski said in the statement. GWU Greek Affairs officials plan to be more visible at chapter meetings and events, and implement programs that increase student awareness of alcohol and hazing issues.

(The GW Hatchet has also reported on this issue. You can read their coverage, here.)

Note to readers: This post was updated at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to include a statement from Pi Kappa Alpha. It was updated on Sunday to include a statement from Kappa Kappa Gamma.

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By Jenna Johnson  | January 27, 2011; 5:25 PM ET
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