Five fraternities banned from WVU's campus

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (WDTV)-- Five fraternities are now banned from WVU's campus for at least 10 years.

Sigma Chi, Alpha Sigma Phi, Kappa Alpha Order, Phi Sigma Kappa and Theta Chi. President Gee said the line had to be drawn.

"If they want to a draw a red line, I will draw a red line too and I'm very sorry to do that," said President Gordon Gee.

Yesterday Gee sent out a letter claiming these fraternities had been unhappy with university regulations over the last couple of years.

After several chose to become independent from the university, Gee decided this wasn't in the best interest of the students.

"I'm very devoted to having a strong fraternity system. This is not about not having fraternities, it's about having fraternities that really do bring opportunities for our students who join them and do it in the right way," said Gee.

In his letter he said, "I believe these national organizations are more concerned about dollars than students' lives." The nationals, Gee says, are playing like children and the students are the adults.

"I believe that they want to fill up their houses. They've got financial obligations and a variety of other things," said Gee.

In 2017 the university was concerned over several reports of sexual abuse, drug use and alcohol violations that some of the fraternities were involved in.

An immediate moratorium was placed on all social and recruiting activities on 16 fraternities. The ban was only a matter of time.

"There should be a higher standard and the standard should be the quality of life, opportunity, safety and academic integrity of the students," said Gee.

"I'm serious about this. This is a serious issue for me and I want to take it seriously and I have done so," said Gee.

The "Reaching the Summit" plan was another initiative to helping make fraternities a positive influence on the university. Raising the minimum GPA and not allowing freshman to join their first semester were a few of the initiatives.

Now, these five fraternities cannot represent the university, use the logo, use WVU's spaces and the list goes on.

5 News did reach out to several fraternities and sat down for an interview with one, however, we learned we were not able to use the interview in our show.

According to President Gee, there are now 8 fraternities that are still affiliated with the university.