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IOWA CITY — One sorority and one fraternity out of 26 eligible University of Iowa Greek chapters have asked to hold parties with alcohol this weekend — as part of a test of new, strict guidelines around such events in the future.
The Phi Kappa Psi fraternity is planning to host a party from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Hilton Garden Inn in downtown Iowa City. The Chi Omega sorority is planning its event from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Saturday at the Rapid Creek Cidery in Iowa City.
Both organizations, per the proposed formal and date party policy, had to provide the university with a guest list — Phi Kappa Psi expects 200 attendees, and Chi Omega is planning for 300, according to information provided to The Gazette from the university.
This weekend’s events will be the first sanctioned Greek system parties with alcohol since the university enacted a moratorium on them in May after UI freshman Kamil Jackowski, 19, died April 30 during a Sigma Chi event at Lake of the Ozarks. He was there for an out-of-town formal with his fraternity, and thus events outside Johnson County were barred, too.
A fraternity and sorority life alcohol harm reduction work group has been meeting since to create a path forward. The group developed highly regulated party guidelines that they offered the university’s 26 compliant chapters to test this weekend. Ten chapters are not in good standing for reasons the university hasn’t disclosed, and therefore can’t host a local party with alcohol.
Moderator comment: The State University of New York system has been troubled by deaths of pledges at these rogue chapters–including Geneseo, Plattsburgh, Albany.
Police at the College at Brockport are investigating hazing allegations linked to an unrecognized off-campus fraternity.
College officials said University Police on Wednesday detained a handful of students after executing a search warrant about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday at 104 Monroe Ave., a residence that borders the college campus.
The months-long investigation has focused on allegations of hazing, assault and drug use and sales, said Brockport Police Chief Daniel Varrenti. The two police departments are leading the joint investigation, he said.
Brockport police Lt. Mark Cuzzupoli said officers were previously called to 104 Monroe about six times this year for noise violations and fights.
“We found some things in the house that we were looking for. I can’t really elaborate on what they are,” due to the ongoing investigation, Chief Daniel Vasile, of Brockport University Police. said.
“There are a lot of kids that go here and we’re trying to keep everybody safe,” Cuzzupoli added. “We’re trying to be proactive here, with what we’re doing.”
“This house made Animal House look good,” Varrenti said Thursday. “I wouldn’t let my dog walk through this house.”