Fraternity and Sorority Life on lockdown after five individuals hospitalized for alcohol consumption

The University of Oregon is investigating unofficial Fraternity and Sorority Life functions after several parties Wednesday night resulted in five women being sent to the hospital due to overconsumption of alcohol.

Chi Omega President Sarah Pierce said in an email to her members that, “All of greek life is on social probation for two weeks.”

“A fraternity held a large unofficial party within their house and provided alcohol, which included incidences of over serving minors,” an email within the email read. “While all chapters were irresponsible, we were especially out of control, and that is known by almost all of Greek Life.”

A social media post — the email failed to mention the platform — was also responsible for the probation. The women’s sorority affiliation was not specified.

While unofficial functions are strictly forbidden in the two-week period, Pierce reassured members of the sorority that she was working to minimize harm.

“I promise that I am doing all I can to make sure our chapter comes away from this with minimal repercussions,” Pierce assured members of the chapter in her email.

When contacted, both Pierce and Chi Omega Vice President Amy Jones declined to comment. UO Panhellenic President Madelaine Robinson confirmed that the hospitalized women are in stable condition.

“Our community is learning a lot from the experiences of the past 48 hours,” Robinson said. “We have asked all of our chapter members and presidents to behave responsibly and to take this as a lesson to go forward with extra vigilance and extra responsibility in making sure we’re not putting any of our members at risk, especially the new members.”

InterFraternity Council President Joe Junor sent out an email to all fraternities in response to the five individuals taken to the emergency room for excessive alcohol consumption.

“(That) email was sent out about was a party that happened in one of the fraternity houses where alcohol was provided and it resulted in several sorority women — actually we don’t know if they were sorority women or just university students. We just know that they were university students who ended up going to the hospital due to overconsumption of alcohol.”

In addition, Junor reminded in his email that, “All chapter facilities are alcohol and substance free at all times.”

Director of Substance Abuse Prevention Jennifer Summers said that the incident is still under investigation.

The investigation will be on the specific event and not FSL, according to Dean of Students Paul Shang. In addition, he said that the UO has not placed any fraternity or sorority houses on probation.

<strong>Update: </strong>The original version of the article, published Oct. 11, 2013, stated that one  unofficial function led to the FSL probation when it was, in fact, several unofficial functions that same night. The original article also didn’t mention the social media post that was also responsible for the probation.

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