MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — Five fraternities that intended to dissociate from West Virginia University have been banned from the school's campus for at least 10 years, according to a news release from the university.
President Gordon Gee announced Thursday the Alpha Sigma Phi, Kappa Alpha Order, Phi Sigma Kappa, Sigma Chi, and Theta Chi fraternities have been banned from campus for at least a decade.
The five fraternities have been unhappy with university regulations that have been put into place over the last three years, primarily a ban on recruiting first-semester freshmen, the release said.
“It is clear, and extremely unfortunate, that our students are being pressured by their national organizations to oppose deferred or delayed membership, which we believe is an important component to ensuring students have a firm academic foundation before joining fraternities,” Gee said in a release.
Eight fraternities remain in the West Virginia University Interfraternity Council: Alpha Gamma Rho, Lambda Chi Alpha, Phi Kappa Psi, Sigma Phi Epsilon, Alpha Epsilon Pi, Phi Delta Theta, Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Sigma Nu.
The school's 14 sororities and historically African-American fraternities and sororities are not affected.
See the complete release here.