UCF suspends fraternity, sorority for not following school’s COVID-19 policies

UCF suspends fraternity, sorority for not following school’s COVID-19 policies

ORANGE COUNTY, Fla. — The University of Central Florida said Thursday that it had suspended a fraternity and a sorority for not following the school’s COVID-19 policies.

UCF said its Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity placed Zeta Tau Alpha and Sigma Alpha Epsilon on interim organizational suspension Wednesday.

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“ZTA was placed on interim suspension for allegedly hosting an unapproved social gathering on-campus,” the university said. “The sorority followed the university’s process for applying to host an event, but the event was still pending a decision from UCF when they elected to hold it anyway. The event also willfully disregarded the university’s COVID-19 policies and guidelines.”

UCF said SAE was placed on interim suspension for allegedly hosting a large social gathering off-campus that “willfully disregarded the university’s COVID-19 policies and guidelines.”

Two students were also placed on interim suspension for not complying with UCF’s policies.

“One student allegedly did not remain isolated after testing positive for COVID-19, and the other allegedly hosted large social gatherings off-campus that violated university policy,” the university said.

On Tuesday, officials said residents of three on-campus Greek houses had been placed on a two-week quarantine to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19 after cases were performed.

The three sororities being quarantined are Zeta Tau Alpha, Kappa Alpha Theta and Alpha Epsilon Phi. Seventy-nine women live in the three houses. Sixteen have tested positive for coronavirus.