Aug 4, 2014 9:29 PM by Marisa Mendelson
TUCSON - The FIJI fraternity house at the University of Arizona is on its way to becoming a residence hall. Last month News 4 Tucson was first to tell you how seven members of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity were facing charges following an investigation into the death of a member. Five of those fraternity brothers face charges of false reporting to law enforcement.
The Executive Director of UA Residence Life tells News 4 Tucson that the university is still working on a contract with the FIJI organization, but she said they're "very close to an agreement."
News 4 Tucson did a check and found UA's Residence Life is already advertising the FIJI house as a new option for students to live in. The house is called the Rawls-Eller Lodge. According to Residence Life's website, it will be a co-ed hall that will house 64 students. The website also boasts that the new residence hall will be "the only hall with a basketball court and sun deck."
A spokesperson for the University of Arizona says FIJI remains under investigation by the Dean of Students office. The university still has not decided whether or not it will take away the fraternity's recognition.
News 4 Tucson reached out to the President of FIJI to try to get a statement, but we have not yet heard back from Spencer Shugrue. However, we were the first station to speak with Shugrue after the university placed FIJI on an interim suspension.
Here's a link to that story: http://www.kvoa.com/news/fraternity-fallout-part-1-university-of-arizona-fiji-president-speaks/
Here's the second part of our investigation into the FIJI fraternity: http://www.kvoa.com/news/fraternity-fallout-part-2-father-talks-about-u-of-a-fiji-deaths/
News 4 Tucson asked Dean of Students Kendal Washington White why the FIJI house is being converted into a residence hall. She emailed us a statement:
"The University of Arizona is facing a housing shortage for our very large Freshmen class (good news), so the institution is leasing the FIJI house from the FIJI Housing Board to provide housing, overseen by Residence Life personnel, for new students."