Women's march

Members of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln watch the Women's March on Saturday, Jan. 21.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s investigation into the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity has yielded unexpected results.

While the investigation into alleged vulgar comments directed at women continues, UNL announced Tuesday that it has found other infractions, including alcohol abuse at Phi Gamma Delta, or Fiji.

The examination of Phi Gamma Delta members’ behavior began over claims by protesters during the Women’s March on Lincoln last month that young men at Fiji made lewd remarks to them. The UNL chapter of the fraternity has denied making such comments.

That investigation continues. But UNL said Tuesday that in the process, the university found “a pattern of behavior” that violated UNL’s student code, including “reckless alcohol use ... during recent academic terms.” UNL has placed the fraternity on interim suspension.

Juan Franco, UNL’s vice chancellor for student affairs, indicated that the investigation into alleged vulgar comments last month continues.

“While behavior outside the fraternity during the Women’s March attracted public attention, our investigation has shown broader conduct issues at the fraternity,” Franco said in a press release. “This conduct required our immediate action, even while our investigation continues.”

Phi Gamma Delta’s national executive director in Kentucky said he supports UNL’s “need to uphold and enforce” the student code of conduct. The national office “will continue to work with the university while it finishes its investigation. At that point, we will take appropriate action based on the facts,” said the director, Bill Martin.

UNL spokesman Steve Smith said an interim suspension can become permanent. He called it “likely that the administration will take further, longer-term action.”

rick.ruggles@owh.com, 402-444-1123, twitter.com/rickruggles

Rick covers higher education for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @RickRuggles. Phone: 402-444-1123.

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