BGSU suspended the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity on April 22 for multiple violations of the Student Code of Conduct including hazing and providing alcohol to students and new members under 21 years old.
The fraternity will be unable to seek re-recognition until the fall semester of 2025 to ensure the current members cannot participate in the chapter, according to a statement from BGSU Spokesperson and Deputy Chief of Staff Alex Solis.
In a sanction letter from Assistant Dean of Students Michael Botts, a new member’s date for a party in fall 2021 was hospitalized for intoxication after consuming alcohol they brought to the event at an off-campus house known as the “Church House.”
According to the sanction letter, Phi Gamma Delta members did not provide alcohol at the party, but did not monitor who was consuming it. Fraternity members were reported to have provided alcohol to new members under 21 years old at other events and off-campus houses in fall 2021 in another citation.
A third citation in the sanction letter states new members were hazed by being forced to clean other members’ houses.
Another hazing incident the letter states involved new members being told to go into the basement of the “Church House,” without any indication of what would happen.
“When the new members arrived in the basement, a celebration ensued with the spraying of bottles of champagne. New members reported that they were hesitant to go down to the basement, as they were not told what was going to happen,” the letter states.
In the letter, Botts cites three factors for the decision to suspend Phi Gamma Delta: BGSU’s zero-tolerance policy for hazing, the fraternity’s “reckless disregard for others” and “a recent history of violating the Student Code of Conduct,” specifically an incident during the spring semester of 2021 where members hosted a gathering of more than 10 people despite COVID-19 protocols that were in place at the time.
Before the fraternity can petition for reinstatement in fall 2025, the following criteria must be met:
The local chapter’s charter must have been suspended/revoked throughout this suspension period and until University recognition is reinstated.
The organization must create a chapter advisory board with a minimum of four (4) active members – one of which must be a BGSU faculty or staff member. Advisory board members must be designated to work with the chapter president/executive officers, recruitment process, new member education, as well as risk management and chapter standards/accountability operations. All advisory board members must be approved by the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity headquarters, be on file with the BGSU Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, and members must complete all fraternity and university mandated chapter advisor training(s).
The organization must have a functioning Standards/Accountability Board that has been trained by the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity headquarters and the Office of the Dean of Students. The organization will need to send weekly accountability reports to the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity headquarters concerning any member misconduct that occurs during the first year the organization is again recognized by the University.
No current member or local advisor may be affiliated with the chapter of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity at BGSU as a condition of reinstatement as a recognized student organization.
Phi Gamma Delta has until April 29 at 5 p.m. to appeal the sanctions. If they appeal, it will be reviewed by Dean of Students Chris Bullins who will issue a final decision.
Phi Gamma Delta is the third Greek organization suspended this semester, after Delta Chi and Phi Delta Theta.
BGSU also expelled the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity on April 9, 2021, after the hazing death of BGSU student Stone Foltz, and the Sigma Gamma Rho sorority on March 31, 2022, for severe hazing violations.