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SU suspends ZBT fraternity for violating public health orders

Syracuse University has suspended its Zeta Beta Tau fraternity chapter for violating public health orders and the university’s Code of Student Conduct, an SU spokesperson confirmed Friday.

The fraternity is no longer allowed to operate on campus after violating social distancing guidelines and participating in behavior that was “reckless and selfish,” said Sarah Scalese, senior associate vice president for university communications, in a statement to The Daily Orange. The fraternity’s conduct violations occurred in the spring semester, but the details of the violations are unclear.

“We are disappointed that members of our community ignored social distancing guidelines that are in place to protect the health, safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and the broader Syracuse community,” Scalese said.

ZBT’s suspension is the first sanction publicly announced from the university for violations of public health guidelines.

The public health orders the fraternity violated are unclear. New York state in late June allowed large gatherings of up to 50 people in regions that enter stage four of the reopening process. Gatherings of up to 25 people were allowed in early June in regions that enter phase three.

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