Fraternity suspended after stabbing

Published 9:32 pm Tuesday, March 17, 2009

A Troy University fraternity has been suspended, after a fight between two of its members ended in a stabbing last month.

Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity was ruled for suspension as a result of a disciplinary hearing last week for an incident that took place at a party off campus.

On February 22, what started as a verbal altercation between two students left one with several stab wounds and hospitalized for lung complications.

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Herb Reeves, dean of student services, said the fraternity faces punishment for not stepping into help during the fight.

“It’s their lack of leadership and engagement when this incident occurred, and the lack of adult supervision at activities and meetings,” Reeves said.

Reeves said the two individual members have had disciplinary actions taken against them as well, but education protection rights prohibit him from releasing the names or their punishment.

Derrick Brewster, director of the Trojan Center who was an advisor for all fraternities on campus, said any campus organization can get suspended, expelled or put on probation for violating rules in the student handbook.

This fraternity, which is one of Troy’s predominately black fraternities, will remain on suspension until fall 2010.

Brewster said the group will not be able to participate collectively in any campus activity or hold meetings as one of the school’s Greek organizations.