HANOVER — Dartmouth College has suspended a fraternity and a sorority following alcohol-related infractions, and another fraternity is being eyed for possible action, according to a school official.
Diana Lawrence, associate vice president for communications at Dartmouth, said Tuesday that the Zeta Psi fraternity leadership on campus admitted responsibility for possession of and service of hard alcohol during an event over the summer.
The Alpha Phi sorority leadership also admitted to responsibility in hazing and alcohol-related offenses in 2016, 2017 and 2018, according to Lawrence.
“The activity came to the attention of the college through an article published by a student newspaper and investigated by an external investigator hired to review all of the activity reported in the article,” Lawrence said.
The student newspaper The Dartmouth reports that a third Greek organization, the Chi Heorot fraternity, was temporarily suspended for health and safety violations related to overcapacity. Lawrence said the Chi Heorot matter has yet to be resolved.
Zeta Psi received a two-term suspension during the summer and fall terms this year, to be followed by one term of alcohol probation during the 2020 winter term, and one term of organizational college probation during the 2020 spring term, according to Lawrence.
Alpha Phi will serve a one-term suspension.
Both organizations will be required to participate in the Brief Alcohol Screening & Intervention for College Students (BASICS) program dealing with alcohol screening and intervention, and both organizations will be required to work with the college’s Office of Greek Life to determine and implement alcohol management and educational initiatives, according to Lawrence.
The college has been working to get the Greek organizations to clean up their acts in recent years.
The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity was banned by the college after repeated alcohol-related incidents and it lost its charter from the national organization last year.
The Alpha Delta fraternity, which served as the inspiration for the fraternity in the movie “Animal House,” has also been "derecognized" by the college.