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Interim suspensions for two DU student organizations

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Jeremy Haefner

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Dear DU community members,

Above all else, the University of Denver is deeply committed to protecting the health and safety of our entire community. We do so by adhering to Colorado, Denver and University protocols designed to assist in containing the coronavirus. Unfortunately, we have received two separate reports that a DU sorority may have engaged in a large (more than 10 people) informal gathering over this past weekend. As we all know, state and local public health ordinances, as well as University protocols strictly prohibit such gatherings at this time in order to help prevent and mitigate the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19. Further, all fraternities and sororities have been limited to virtual recruitment events. 

We also have a preliminary report about another sorority that may have breached city and University protocols. In response, we have placed both of these student organizations on interim suspension immediately, pending further investigation. In order to protect public health, we have also issued location restrictions for individual students who may have breached University protocols, pending the outcome of investigations conducted by Student Rights and Responsibilities (SRR).

We will not hesitate to pursue disciplinary action if members of our community disregard the protocols and public health orders designed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Every one of us is responsible for abiding by the University, city and state’s COVID-19 restrictions. It is important to note that the majority of our community members, and the vast majority of our student organizations, are working hard to keep everyone safe and healthy even while engaging in meaningful social experiences.  

It bears repeating that there absolutely must not be any large gatherings of any kind until COVID-19 is no longer a threat to our community. To take care of ourselves and one another we must limit informal social gatherings to a maximum of 10 people, wear face coverings and maintain appropriate social distancing at all times. #DUYourPart.


Jeremy Haefner