Aug 5, 2014 8:55 PM by Marisa Mendelson
TUCSON - Local and international leaders of the FIJI Fraternity have shut down the local Phi Gamma Delta chapter at the University of Arizona. Last night we told you how the U of A is in the process of signing a lease with FIJI leaders so it can turn the former fraternity house into a residence hall. Now, News 4 Tucson has learned that FIJI alumni and international leaders made the decision to close the U of A chapter until they officially take away the fraternity's charter.
"Operations of the Phi Gamma Delta Chapter at the University of Arizona have been halted by decision of authorized local Phi Gamma Delta alumni with the support of the International Fraternity," said Bill Martin, Executive Director of the Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI).
"This action was taken in recent weeks in response to violations by chapter members of policies and bylaws of the Fraternity," said Martin.
Martin would not tell News 4 Tucson which specific "policies and bylaws" he was referring to. However, Martin did say that he and other fraternity leaders have watched News 4 Tucson's investigations about U of A's FIJI fraternity.
Last month News 4 Tucson showed you how seven members were facing charges, including false reporting to law enforcement, following the death of a member. The University of Arizona suspended FIJI following a police investigation into Michael Anderson's death. However, the
U of A still has not decided whether or not it will take away the fraternity's recognition.
Even though FIJI's international leadership shut down the local chapter's operations at the
U of A, the chapter still has its charter.
"The International Fraternity will soon begin its process to withdraw the charter of the chapter," said Martin.
Martin told News 4 Tucson it could take up to a month to officially take away the chapter's charter. He says he hopes to have a FIJI chapter at the U of A again someday, but he doesn't know when that will be.
"The expectation is that the chapter will be closed until the University, the local alumni and the International Fraternity agree that the time is appropriate to revitalize it," said Martin.
The website for "Residence Life" at the U of A is already advertising the FIJI house as a new option for students to live in. The house is referred to as the "Rawls-Eller Lodge." According to the website, the new residence hall will house 64 students. The site also boasts that the new dorm will be "the only hall with a basketball court and sun deck."
News 4 Tucson tried to get a statement from the President of U of A's chapter of FIJI, Spencer Shugrue, but we have not yet heard back.
Last month News 4 Tucson was 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/