Protesters Gather Outside Missouri Fraternity After University Suspends Greek Activities

A group of roughly 200 people gathered outside the University of Missouri-Columbia's Phi Gamma Delta house on Wednesday to protest against the fraternity, the Associated Press reported.

The demonstration came as the university suspended all fraternity activities, including social events, after a freshman who attended a Phi Gamma Delta party had to be transported to a hospital.

Some of the protesters outside the fraternity house chanted "Stop the hazing. We want justice," the Columbia Missourian reported.

"Hazing has gone on for too long, and it shouldn't take someone almost dying for the university to do something about it," student Olivia Sommer said.

The hospitalized freshman was found unresponsive early Wednesday, but no other details were immediately available on the student's condition, AP reported. An initial probe into the party determined that some of the Phi Gamma Delta members present were believed to have ingested large amounts of alcohol, according to a report from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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A group of roughly 200 people gathered outside the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Phi Gamma Delta house on Wednesday to protest against the fraternity. Above, Mizzou Legacy Circle at the Mel Carnahan quad on the campus of University of Missouri-Columbia on November 10, 2015, in Columbia, Missouri. Michael B. Thomas/Getty Images

Besides the clampdown on fraternity social events, the university's Phi Gamma Delta chapter also has been suspended temporarily. The suspension was ordered by the university and the fraternity's national organization.

The fraternity's national president and spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to an email from AP on Thursday seeking comment.

The Missouri University Police Department and the Office of Student Accountability & Support also continue to investigate.

"We are extremely concerned about the events that were occurring at the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity," Bill Stackman, vice chancellor for Student Affairs at the Columbia campus, said in a statement.

He said there would be a thorough review of the methods put in place to ensure safety at fraternity events.

"As part of the investigations, we will hold anyone accountable who is found to have willfully ignored or violated university regulations," he said. "Those individuals could also face criminal charges."

Conner Sibley, Mizzou's Greek council president and a senior at the school, said in a statement that the group is "in agreement with the actions being taken by the university," adding that "nothing is more important than the safety of the Mizzou community."

The suspension follows warnings last month for students to be aware of suspected drugged drinks on the Columbia campus. The warnings came after the institution's office for Civil Rights & Title IX received multiple reports of people suspecting that drinks were drugged at locations throughout Columbia, including some who may have been at fraternity social events.

Campus police and the Columbia Police Department were investigating those cases.

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The University of Missouri-Columbia has suspended all fraternity activities after an alcohol-filled party ended with a freshman being taken to a hospital. Above, the Mizzou logo on a scoreboard over Memorial Stadium at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri, on November 2, 2013. Jeff Robertson/AP Photo