SU says Greek Life parties in the 1st week of spring semester raise big concerns

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — With just one week of the delayed spring semester complete, Syracuse University is calling out students they say are jeopardizing the “residential campus experience.”

In a letter to students, faculty, and staff, SU administrators say a small but significant number of students made choices that put everyone and the campus experience at risk.

“Over the past six days, members of the Greek community have hosted three large parties in the neighborhoods surrounding campus. Already, these parties have been identified as the source of at least 20 new COVID infections, with more likely to follow,” said Dr. Robert Hradsky, SU’s Vice President of Student Experience.

Hradsky said the incidents may now jeopardize plans to bring students into games at the Carrier Dome before the end of the men’s and women’s basketball season.

He says at least one Greek chapter has been suspended, leaseholders at the residences where the parties were held have been identified and face immediate sanctions, and the students who attended the parties will be referred to the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities for Stay Safe Pledge violations and will be charged.

You can read the entire letter here.

Late Friday afternoon SU spokesperson Sarah Scalese identified the organization suspended in the incidents. “Sigma Chi has been placed on interim suspension for alleged violations of the Code of Student Conduct, as well as public health directives. Pending the outcome of conduct proceedings, the chapter is prohibited from participating in recruitment, and activities are halted. We cannot comment further at this time while under investigation.

This news should serve as a reminder to all our students, including those in the Greek community, that behavior that puts the health of our community at risk will be taken seriously and met with swift and appropriate action.

Students had a mix reaction to the news including SU employee and part-time student Bir Morgan.

“I’m not happy, you know I’m doing my part, I’m wearing two masks, I’m an employee here, I’m a student here and it’s selfish, so selfish,” she said. “I want to have an awesome semester, the students I work with want to have an awesome semester.”

As for others students, they believe this warning is what the campus needed.

“I think the standards been set right there that hey like no matter what you’re going to get caught and we’re gonna find out, so just follow the guidelines,” said SU student Casey Ware. “This has been going on for a year now so it’s kind of ridiculous that kids are still pushing the limits.”

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