ITHACA, NY – Cornell University announced Thursday that it would be lifting the interim suspension of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, which was one of two fraternities suspended following accusations of hazing incidents in February.

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According to the University’s statement, after an Apr. 6 hearing of the self-governing Greek Judicial Board, the Chapter was found responsible for allowing an informal gathering at their house with both current and new members which included the consumption of alcohol.

The Chapter is able to resume activities as of Apr. 12. However, sanctions in the form of fines and requirements to complete anti-hazing and alcohol awareness programs were imposed upon the Chapter.

There were no other updates regarding the other fraternity, Pi Kappa Phi. Their hazing activities were said to include “intimidation, verbal abuse, harassment, alcohol consumption and calisthenics.”

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