standards plus aid for Fijis after bar raised
Phi Gamma Delta fraternity members may have to hit the books harder
One of the chapter requirements to lift its probation for suspected
hazing is to establish a 3.0 cumulative GPA for the semester, a
mark only two of 10 social fraternities made last fall.
James Parker, assistant dean of Campus Life, said no member can
have a GPA below 2.5 for the semester. The grade requirements were
not enforced last semester because the fraternitys probation
came so late in the year, he said.
In order for each fraternity to reach its highest potential,
we must set high goals so it can go after them and meet them head
on, Parker said.
Some fraternity members say that theyre happy to get a second
chance, even if they dont love every provision.
Sure, it sucks we cant have alcohol at our parties,
junior Justin Lemon said. However, were trying to get
on good status again, and well do whatever it takes.
The fraternity says its implementing new policies to meet its probation.
Fiji President Chris Duty said members who have a GPA below 2.5
must participate in eight hours of study hall each week this semester.
A $200 scholarship will also be available for pledges with a 3.0
or higher as well as a chapter endowment by Fiji parents for members
with a 3.5 or greater. Fiji has never had study hours or scholarships
before, Duty said.
J.B. Goll, director of chapter services for Fiji International Headquarters,
said the fraternity has successfully completed last semesters
sanctions, including non-alcoholic social events and supervision
by Fiji alumni. This semester the fraternity must adhere to last
semesters sanctions and develop educational programs, Goll
Duty says the sanctions are an award since the fraternity is allowed
to throw one party with alcohol. It was barred from any such events
after being placed on probation in October.
This semester, they can have as many social events as they
want as long as there is no alcohol present, Parker said.
Fiji is working with TCU and their national office to fulfill the
sanctions given with their probation, Duty said.
No parties have been approved for sure yet, he said.
But were planning on having one called How much
fun can you have without alcohol?
Parker said if the fraternity meets all of its requirements and
remains incident free this semester, it may petition its national
office and TCU to have a party with alcohol next semester.
Sophomore Fiji member Drew Corbett said not having alcohol at parties
is not an issue and it is a matter of learning to have fun a different
The chapter is being supervised by a graduate trusteeship made up
of eight Fiji alumni, Duty said. The alumni meet weekly with Duty
and the Fiji treasurer and attend most of their chapter meetings,
Fiji is also in the process of developing five educational programs
for the chapter, Parker said. There will be one open to the campus
this semester to show a video warning students on the dangers of
excessive drinking and hazing, Duty said.