UF’s Chi Phi chapter is on interim suspension after allegations of hazing were reported to the fraternity’s national office and UF administration.
Chi Phi national executive director Michael Azarian enacted the suspension on Oct. 2, according to a letter he emailed Chad Grodi, president of UF’s Chi Phi chapter. All chapter activities are banned, and the allegations are currently under investigation.
Banned activities include all “parties, mixers, Brotherhood events, recruitment, rituals, philanthropies, fundraisers, intramurals, Homecoming events, and all New Member activities,” Azarian wrote.
He also banned new members from entering the chapter house until the suspension ends. It is uncertain when this will happen.
Dean of Students Heather White emailed Grodi on Oct. 3 after Chi Phi’s national office notified UF of possible hazing. She placed the fraternity on UF-backed interim suspension and added that all members, not just new ones, should not visit the fraternity house until the investigation is over unless they live or eat there.
No further specifics were given regarding the recent hazing allegations. The Alligator emailed Grodi and UF Interfraternity Council President Tyler Enright, but they did not immediately respond to comment.
In September 2018, Chi Phi faced possible suspension and was banned from hosting events with new members following other hazing allegations, according to Alligator archives.
The 2018 allegations included lining new recruits up and blindfolding them while blasting music in a dark hot room, according to UF’s Student Conflict and Conflict Resolution site.