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Three Greek organizations at IU Bloomington given cease and desist orders

Posted at 1:21 PM, Oct 01, 2020

BLOOMINGTON — Three Greek organizations at Indiana University's Bloomington campus were given cease and desist orders Wednesday, according to information on the university's website.

The organizations, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity Inc., and Omega Phi Beta, are being investigated and the orders were given for violating public health regulations and restrictions, IU spokesperson Chuck Carney said an email.

Records from the Monroe County Health Department do not indicate any complaints, Health Administrator Penny Caudill said in an email.

Sigma Phi Epsilon has a physical house and Lambda Sigma Upsilon and Omega Phi Beta don't, Carney said.

Lambda Sigma Upsilon and Omega Phi Beta are part of the Multicultural Greek Council at IU, Carney said.

Heather Kirk, the chief communications officer for Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity, released the following statement in an email:

The chapter leadership, alumni volunteers, national fraternity and IU administration are working together to look into a report of an event allegedly held at the chapter facility, at which approximately 20 people gathered. Member safety -- especially in this time -- is paramount. While it does not appear the chapter hosted an event, the leadership is taking this report seriously and will take appropriate individual accountability measures if the report is verified.

Jonathan B. Fernandez, executive director of Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity Inc., released the following statement in an email:

Lambda Sigma Upsilon Latino Fraternity, Inc. is aware that our local chapter at Indiana University Bloomington received a cease and desist notice from the Office of Student Conduct. We are working closely with the institution on this matter and have no further comments at this moment and time.

Additional information has not been released.

WRTV reached out to Omegan Phi Beta headquarters by email for a statement and is awaiting a response.

Last month, Alpha Epsilon Pi was given a cease and desist order after a situation appeared to violate the Monroe County Health Board's regulations.

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