New sanctions for frat on probation


Published: Tuesday, January 29, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 28, 2008 at 11:57 p.m.

A University of Florida fraternity, which was recently placed on probation for hazing, now faces sanctions for hosting an unauthorized party with alcohol, according to UF officials.

Alpha Tau Omega has been suspended for throwing an unregistered party Jan. 12, which UF officials say they learned about from anonymous sources.

ATO was placed on conduct probation in December following allegations that pledges were deprived of sleep and thrown into a mud pit for failing to properly recite fraternity history. Other hazing allegations were also levied against the fraternity, which was placed on conduct probation through the fall of 2008. The probation prohibited ATO from hosting social events.

Chris Loschiavo, assistant dean of students and director of student judicial affairs, said ATO was "definitely on the radar" of his office for committing apparent violations while already on probation.

"We definitely have concerns," he said. "Usually, when a chapter is placed on probation, the membership gets a pretty good idea that we need to do things differently."

Kirby Bissell, ATO's president, said the party wasn't authorized by the fraternity as a whole or its leadership.

"This incident was in no way a large, chapter function and only a small number of the active membership may have been present," he said in an e-mail.

Another fraternity, Phi Beta Sigma, is also under the scrutiny of UF's Student Judicial Affairs Office. During a recent intramural football game, chapter members made "harassing and threatening" comments to sports staff, according to a letter sent to the chapter. The comments were made after sports staff confiscated a UF student identification that was being used by a nonstudent who was trying to participate in the game, according to the letter.

Efforts to reach leadership of Phi Beta Sigma were unsuccessful.

Both fraternities' cases will go before the Greek Judicial Board, a group made up of UF students that suggests sanctions to the dean of students.

Jack Stripling can be reached at 352-374-5064 or Jack.Stripling@gvillesun.com.

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