MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) - West Virginia University has halted social activities and recruiting by 16 fraternities, saying it will review and strengthen oversight following recent behavior problems.
Under the moratorium announced Wednesday evening, WVU says the Intrafraternity Council members' basic chapter operations, philanthropic or service activities and brotherhood events are allowed.
Other immediate actions include raising academic standards to join a fraternity or sorority from a 2.5 grade point average to 2.75 immediately, gradually increasing to 3.0 by fall 2020.
Chapter GPA averages must meet the same requirements.
New member activities are limited to four weeks. A working group will review judicial history of all chapters.
President Gordon Gee says they are "at a tipping point" where possible choices include shutdown or better aligning fraternity life with the university's mission.
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