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Sorority Investigation Continues, but Activities Resume

Amerique | Wikimedia CommonsLoyola's chapter of the Alpha Sigma Alpha sorority has been allowed to resume operations, but the investigation continues. Further details are unclear.

More than six weeks after the suspension of Loyola’s chapter of the Alpha Sigma Alpha (ASA) sorority, the investigation into alleged misconduct continues, but the sorority has been permitted to resume activity.

Jeff Gardner, director of the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR), said the information gathered from the investigation thus far supported the decision to allow ASA to continue operations under the condition that they are in accordance with Loyola’s Community Standards and the ASA national office. ASA operations resumed mid-March, according to Gardner.

It is important that the investigation is thorough, fair, and impartial, and it can sometimes take longer than one would hope to reach a resolution in accordance with our process and the rights afforded to all parties,” Gardner said in an email to The PHOENIX.

Gardner wouldn’t share further details on the status of the investigation, but he has previously said the investigation will consist of interviews with current and former members of ASA to understand the situation fully.

The sorority was initially suspended following allegations of misconduct including hazing, bullying and harassment in February. Gardner and university communications specialist Evangeline Politis didn’t provide examples of the reports, but Gardner said there were nine in total filed through the university’s EthicsLine program, where complaints can be submitted anonymously against university programs or individuals.

ASA’s national headquarters didn’t respond to The PHOENIX’s request for comment at the time of publication. Members of Loyola’s chapter declined The PHOENIX’s request for comment.

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