Sep 022004
 
Authors: J.J. Babb

Seven students were removed from CSU and 15 others were placed

on probation Thursday for participating in recent riots. Two other

students received warnings, and a CSU fraternity chapter was placed

on probation — independent of the university – by its

international organization.

Judicial hearings began last week to investigate the riots, and

continuing investigation by the university and Fort Collins Police

Services will continue.

“The investigation’s ongoing,” said Rita Davis, public

information officer for FCPS. “Pending the outcome of the

investigation there could be additional arrests.”

The investigations stem from the two riots during the early

mornings of Aug. 21 and 22. The riot on the night of Aug. 21 was on

the 600 block of South Howes Street and the riot on Aug. 22 took

place at the intersection of Plum and Bluebell streets.

“The institution obviously takes this very seriously and

understands that these are severe penalties for what we have

clearly stated is inappropriate behavior but I have to state that

this behavior does not represent the vast majority of our

students,” said CSU spokesman Tom Milligan.

The seven students have been suspended from CSU for one year. At

the end of this time the students may reapply, but there is no

guarantee of readmission. Each individual must also meet certain

criteria set by the judicial board prior to readmission.

These criteria are set to help students deal with individual

issues such as drug or alcohol abuse, Milligan said.

The students placed on probation will be required to complete

drug and alcohol assessments as well as workshops regarding civic

responsibility, ethics, city ordinances and community

expectations.

“Each student has their own hearing. Each case was weighted

independently and the evidence was considered for each individual,”

Milligan said. “We’re doing it fairly. We would never take action

inappropriately.”

CSU has taken a zero-tolerance policy against riots, meaning

every student involved, or in attendance, will face some sort of

consequence, Milligan said.

“We understand this is serious and we take it seriously,”

Milligan said.

Stemming from the riot investigation, the Delta Sigma Phi

fraternity was placed on probation by its international

organization, said Mark Koepsell, director of Greek Life.

The probation is not based on the riots, nor is the fraternity

charged with inciting a riot or participating in a riot, Koepsell

said.

Delta Sigma Phi has been charged with:

* Holding numerous open parties with alcohol, including one on

Aug. 21.

* Having keg beer at a fraternity event held at the fraternity’s

property.

* Violating the International Fraternity policy on alcohol-free

recruitment activities.

* Serving underage individuals alcohol.

* Violating the International Fraternity policy on alcohol-free

housing.

Shannon Peterson, a junior speech communication major and member

of Delta Sigma Phi for three years, was at his fraternity house the

night of the Aug. 21 riot.

The fraternity has 17 members, and all those living in the house

received noise violations from FCPS but were not involved in the

riot, Peterson said in a Campus Television interview.

“It was wrong place, wrong time. We had no (involvement), we

didn’t start the riot. We didn’t instigate the riot. We had no

connection with the riot, beside trying to keep the people out of

our house and protect our property,” Shannon said. “I think we’re

pretty much being put out there because we were there.”

Delta Sigma Phi’s international organization has given the CSU

chapter 10 days in which to produce proof why the chapter should

not be suspended. The fraternity plans to give proof of this,

Koepsell said.

CSU and Greek Life may continue investigating on Delta Sigma Phi

after its international organization’s investigation, if evidence

of its participation is found, Milligan said.

“It appears from evidence that the fraternity members themselves

were not involved in the riots,” Milligan said.

With the upcoming CSU vs. University of Colorado-Boulder

football game on Saturday, Milligan does not expect any more

riots.

“We’ve been very clear in our communication to all students that

this sort of behavior won’t be tolerated and based on the feedback

from students as well as increased police presence and cooperation

with the city. We think that message has gotten through,” Milligan

said.

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