The fraternity house of Georgia’s Tech Beta Iota chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Tech suspended the fraternity late Friday. ERIC STIRGUS / ESTIRGUS@AJC.COM
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Georgia Tech suspends ATΩ fraternity for dangerous behavior

Georgia Tech has suspended the Beta Iota chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity for at least three academic semesters, according to a letter released Monday.

The fraternity conducted “[b]ehavior that endangers any person(s), including self,” according to the three-page letter the Midtown Atlanta university sent late Friday. The behavior wasn’t specified in the letter and a Georgia Tech spokeswoman couldn’t comment Monday on the specifics behind the suspension.

Emails and telephone calls to chapter leaders were unanswered Monday. The fraternity has five business days to file a formal appeal of the suspension. Appeals can go as far as the Georgia Board of Regents.

This suspension would prevent the chapter from hosting parties and events, participating in intramural sports, community service and philanthropic events. There would be two performance reviews in 2019 and 2020.

“Any further disciplinary violation may result in disciplinary action up to and including expulsion or permanent revocation of student organization status,” the letter said.

Chartered in 1888, Alpha Tau Omega says on its website it’s the oldest fraternity on campus. The chapter was also placed on interim suspension in November 2012 after an internal investigation by the national fraternal organization for “risk management” issues. After that investigation 17 members were removed from the organization, according to university information.

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