UTA suspends social activities of fraternities and sororities on campus

The University of Texas at Arlington has suspended all social activities at the university’s fraternities and sororities.

“The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to our students’ safety and security,” the university said in a statement. “Due to concerns regarding the culture of the fraternal community both at UTA and nationally, on April 1st the University administration has directed the suspension of all social activities of the UTA’s fraternity and sorority community.”

UTA said it will create a campus Fraternity and Sorority Life Task Force to review the state of affairs within the fraternity and sorority community and to recommend steps necessary to create change in the community culture.

“The university hopes this pause will be an opportunity to continue collaboration with current members and alumni to provide an opportunity to foster a commitment that is consistent with the university’s values,” according to the statement.

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During the suspension, fraternity and sorority chapters will not be allowed to host or participate in social events and functions, including brotherhood and sisterhood events, philanthropic events, new member showcases and social mixers.

The move comes the same day a judge has sentenced three former Penn State fraternity members to jail in the 2017 death of a pledge, the first defendants ordered to serve time behind bars in a case that rewrote Pennsylvania’s anti-hazing law. It also comes after numerous events It also comes a few days after a fraternity at Indiana University was suspended due to violations of the school’s student code of conduct and an agreement with Greek organizations regarding hazing.