After weeks of partying and UM acknowledging high numbers of Covid-19 cases within the Greek Community, two fraternities are under investigation. Others that have repeatedly partied during the semester are still in "good standing" according to the Dean of Students office.
Reports of large social gatherings are also non-emergency, which means police officers won’t respond as quickly if it were an emergency situation. Nonetheless, police officers still need to see the behavior. As a result, if a report is made and police arrive after the party, there is nothing that can be done.
The culture in Greek Life to party during COVID-19 is so pervasive that it has resulted in some members completely pulling away and losing respect for people they once considered close friends.
Nothing stops a Miami frat party — not a deadly pandemic and certainly not the administration.
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Looks like the party is over. The punishments for Sigma Chi and Pi Kappa Alpha are the first reported punishments for fraternities at UM in violation of the university's Covid-19 protocols barring parties of any kind.
Sigma Chi and Pi Kappa Alpha, commonly referred to as Sig Chi and Pike, have been ordered to cease operations and are facing probable suspension, according to administration.
“I was at Sig Chi...People literally had to like squeeze on top of each other to walk by,” said an anonymous student. This student is one of multiple who have described parties hosted by fraternities across Miami on a weekly basis.
“I feel like a lot of times in this life, it is easy to make superficial friends or people who we don’t trust, and it is really hard to find a genuine bond. To have the security with my fraternity brothers, no matter what is going on, I will always have people who are there for me—support me, mentally, emotionally, financially and physically.”
This presentation comes at a time where there have been four fraternity deaths this month and two this week alone at different universities around the country.
“We encourage students to compete in these events in order to raise money and awareness for this disorder that currently receives no government funding,” says junior Haley Grey, the head of philanthropy for Delta Phi Epsilon.
“The Supreme Executive Committee of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity regrets that this action was necessary,” the statement said.