IU fraternity could face sanctions over incident


Jennifer Reyes/Eyewitness News

Bloomington - The investigation continues into an incident at an Indiana University fraternity house last week.

University police say they responded to a report of an unresponsive male at the Phi Sigma Kappa house Friday afternoon. Investigators are not releasing many details, but said the victim was treated in the intensive care unit at Bloomington Hospital.

Michael Carey, the executive director of Phi Sigma Kappa International Headquarters, identified the victim Monday as Brian Macken, a student at the university. Macken, however, is not a member of the Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity.

It was initially reported that Macken was not a student at the university.

Carey says his office is taking action as the investigation into what happened develops.

"We immediately suspended all operations of the chapter while we conduct an investigation. We fully cooperate with the local authorities and Indiana University to try to work together and find out exactly what happened," Carey said. "As I said, yes, possibly, people could be suspended because of the incident. The chapter could be suspended, there's a range of sanctions that could face the chapter or individuals."

Interfraternity Council Vice President of Communications Josh Vollmer confirmed to Eyewitness News said Saturday all Greek events have been postponed "indefinitely" following an incident at the university's chapter of Phi Sigma Kappa.

"The presidents of all Greek houses, the Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Association all met and felt that this was in the best interest of the entire Greek community," Vollmer wrote in an email.

Vollmer added that he could not comment further, "because the facts of the case are unknown to me or any member of [the Interfraternity Council]."

"We had events planned, but we can no longer do them, because of this incident," said junior Brian Sweeny.

Carey issued a statement about the incident Sunday.

"I have been in touch with the local chapter and their advisors. They have been instructed to cooperate fully with the investigation, which they are. We are also conducting our own investigation," he wrote.

"I'm not saying that they're scapegoating the Greek life, but the fact that it happened inside of a fraternity and they had nothing to do with it will fall completely all on Greek life together," said sophomore Sam Platt.

But Greek or not, most students agreed it was necessary to cancel all social events.

"It's more of a respect thing. I mean, the Greek system is kind of like a big family. It's more of a respect thing for everyone to stay home, chill out and take it easy, rather than go out and have crazy parties," said student Shane Akridge.

That is what Greek leaders are looking to put a stop to, at least for now.