The review of Phi Chi, the local chapter of the national fraternity Phi Gamma Delta, by California State University, Fresno is still under way and final action may not come until next week. The university had previously announced it planned to take action by the end of this week.
Dr. Paul Oliaro, vice president for student affairs and dean of students, said the university is working as quickly as possible to conclude the review while ensuring a fair process for the student members of the fraternity and providing an opportunity for all parties to be heard.
Oliaro said the Phi Chi chapter, also known as “Fiji,” had been on suspension since October for alleged violation of university policies involving prior incidents. Added to the review was a Jan. 7 party the fraternity held, while on suspension, the night before former student Danny Daniels was found dead from acute alcohol toxicity in the off-campus fraternity home.
The suspension calls for the chapter to refrain from activities such as parties at the fraternity house and makes it ineligible to receive privileges granted to university student organizations.
Also on Wednesday (Jan. 18), the university was notified by J. B. Goll, director of Chapter Services of the Phi Gamma Delta based in Lexington, Kentucky, that the leadership of the national organization “voted to temporarily suspend the charter of the Phi Chi Chapter at California State University – Fresno … until an investigation is completed regarding the risk management violations.”
While the university’s review is under way, additional information will not be provided until a decision is announced.