(BLOOMINGTON) – Indiana University fraternity house Beta Iota Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Pi was issued a cease and desist order on September 17th.
According to university spokesperson Chuck Carney, IU describes cease and desist as, “an interim measure placed upon certain aspects of chapter operations when there is an immediate threat or ongoing investigation.”
The Monroe County Health Department later that same day, said the Alpha Epsilon Pi is one of IU’s 14 Greek houses currently under quarantine due to COVID-19, and is closed for the rest of the school year through summer of 2021.
A statement provided by the health department says on the night of Sept. 16, “individual members of Alpha Epsilon Pi intentionally instituted, permitted, or maintained conditions which may transmit the spread of COVID-19, in violation of Indiana Code.”
The health department claims members of the Greek house initially provided false information to law enforcement about their actions.
According to the health department the fraternity’s actions put the community at risk for the spread of COVID-19.
Both IU spokesperson Chuck Carney and Health Department’s press release did not provide details on what specifically happened Sept. 16.
The closure is part of an agreement through Indiana University and the chapter to remedy any fines or legal action by the health department.