CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- West Virginia University officials on Tuesday banned a fraternity from campus because of alleged alcohol-related hazing in October.
The Phi Gamma Delta fraternity is permanently suspended and 17 members living inside its Belmont Avenue house in Morgantown must move out by the end of the semester, said Ron Justice, director of WVU's Student Organization Services.
A student reported to Justice's office an October incident in which pledges allegedly drank dangerously large amounts of alcohol.
The fraternity's national chapter in Lexington, Ky., and university officials suspended the local chapter and conducted interviews with brothers and pledges following the allegations, he said.
The investigation found the incident violated the national chapter's policies and fell under the university's anti-hazing codes, he said.
A decision was reached Tuesday to remove the fraternity because national chapter officials received complaints of a similar incident last year, and the fraternity had already been placed on temporary suspension by the university and national organization.
"Basically the [fraternity] was a risk from an insurance coverage perspective," Justice said.
Justice said police are not investigating the incident, but the student who reported it could request that criminal charges be filed.