Fraternity pledge classes put on hold
*UPDATE* UCF spokesman says no updates in case
Published: Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Updated: Thursday, October 1, 2009 11:10
There are no updates into the investigation of an anonymous call that sparked the university to ask fraternities to suspend pledge activities,a UCF spokesman said on Thursday
"Based on the progress of the review that began Sept. 29, there will be no update this morning," said Grant Heston, assistant vice president of UCF News & Information. "Depending on the progress of the review, there might be an update this afternoon."
Check back at www.UCFNews.com for more updates as they happen.
All UCF fraternities are being asked to suspend pledge classes according to an e-mail sent out by Kerry Welch, assistant vice president for student development and enrollment services, and Belinda Boston, director of UCF Fraternity and Sorority Life.
"On Sept. 29, an anonymous caller informed UCF about alleged misconduct at an unnamed fraternity. That same day, out of an abundance of caution, the university asked all fraternities to voluntarily and temporarily suspend pledge activities while UCF reviews the allegation," Grant Heston of UCF News & Information said in a statement.
The e-mail, which was sent on behalf of UCF Fraternity and Sorority Life, said that they received a complaint that may be a "major risk management issue" and that no other information could be released at this time.
Welch also said in his e-mail that UCF is "asking all Fraternity's [sic] to voluntarily suspend all New Member Education Processes/ Membership Intake processes immediately and until further notice/information can be gather and shared."
The e-mail also said that fraternities would be informed when the issue has been resolved and they may continue on with pledge activities.
"Please know that we understand how important the new member/membership intake process is to all organizations," Welch said in his e-mail.
Multiple calls to both Welch and Boston were not returned.
The direct e-mail to fraternity presidents at UCF was as follows:
This email is being sent based on a complaint we received today. It has come to the attention of the University that we may have a "Major Risk Management issue" involving a fraternity within our Greek Community. I'm not at liberty to go into details regarding the information shared, but please be assured we are taking this matter very seriously. Therefore, we're asking all Fraternity's to voluntarily suspend all New Member Education Processes/ Membership Intake processes immediately and until further notice/information can be gather and shared. This request is being made to all Councils with Fraternities. Please know that we understand how important the new member/membership intake process is to all organizations. As soon as the matter has been cleared, organizations will receive notification to move forward in their process.
Thank you for your time and understanding!
Dr. Kerry Welch and Belinda Boston"