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CMU permanently removes Phi Sigma Phi fraternity

Action follows trail of allegations; students warned to avoid its gatherings, events

Contact: Heather Smith


Central Michigan University today ended Phi Sigma Phi's status as a registered student organization, citing significant safety concerns and warning students to stay away from its gatherings and events. 

The decision to permanently remove the fraternity from CMU reflects multiple accusations of sexual misconduct, hazing, dangerous behaviors and this spring's death of one of its members following a fraternity social event. University officials say their concerns expanded as those involved declined to pursue charges or even to discuss their experiences and witnesses were uncooperative.

"A trail of repeated, similar accusations against Phi Sigma Phi over the past several years shows a significant threat to the safety of our students," said CMU Vice President Steven Johnson, who oversees Greek life. "Our concerns have been affirmed multiple times by the inability to find witnesses willing to discuss allegations.

"We have investigated accusations of sexual misconduct, hazing, dangerous behaviors and this spring's student death in a house used by the fraternity during an evening of drinking and partying," he said. "At this point, we say definitively: Phi Sigma Phi is officially removed from CMU forever. We caution all students to avoid the group and events hosted by its now former members."

Anyone seeking support or wanting to discuss what they've seen or experienced with Phi Sigma Phi may contact any of the following CMU resources:

  • Sexual Aggression Services, which includes SAPA and provides confidential services including consultation to those who have been affected by sexual aggression. To contact the office or its director, Brooke Oliver-Hempenstall, for an appointment, call 989-774-6677 or email olive1bl@cmich.edu.

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