The UC Santa Barbara chapter of Pi Beta Phi was placed on interim suspension on Sept. 17. Two days later — on Sept. 19 — Kappa Alpha Theta, Alpha Phi and Alpha Chi Omega were all also placed on interim suspension.
According to UCSB spokesperson Andrea Estrada, “multiple Greek organization houses were placed on suspension recently in connection with allegations related to hazing.” Estrada did not specify the specific nature of the alleged hazing.
“Issuing an interim suspension is the campus’s protocol when hazing allegations meet the threshold of a charge against the Student Conduct Code. It is done as a precautionary, protective measure while the investigation and adjudication process takes place,” Estrada said in a statement to the Nexus.
UCSB Panhellenic President Sophia Lake declined to comment on the hazing allegations against the four sororities.
Currently, the only Panhellenic sororities students can rush are Alpha Delta Pi, Delta Gamma, Gamma Phi Beta, Kappa Kappa Gamma and Phi Sigma Rho.
While on interim suspension, Pi Beta Phi, Kappa Alpha Theta, Alpha Phi and Alpha Chi Omega cannot rush, as they are currently under investigation from the university. The university’s findings will determine whether or not the suspended sororities can rush following the conclusion of the investigation.
“The University is actively investigating the allegations; if they are ultimately substantiated, disciplinary measures will be imposed,” Estrada said in the statement.
The Nexus will continue reporting on the hazing allegations in a later article.
A version of this article appeared on p. 5 of the Sept. 23, 2021 print edition of the Daily Nexus.