The Texas A&M Department of Student Activities has advised all fraternity and sorority chapters to cease all visitation to their chapter facilities, according to a Twitter announcement from A&M Vice President of Student Affairs Daniel Pugh.
1. The @tamustuact department has advised all Fraternity and Sorority chapters to cease all visitation to their chapter facilities, including those members who do not live in the facility. @TAMUDSA @TAMU— Daniel J. Pugh, Sr. (@AggieVP) August 24, 2020
“Last week, the university confirmed two previously identified chapters as having drawn the attention of our COVID Operations Center,” Pugh said in a tweet. “In doing so, we felt it [was] important information to our community as a campus and public health advisory as well as compliant with Clery Act reporting requirements.”
This announcement comes after A&M issued chapter-wide quarantine and contact tracing for two sorority chapters following reports from The Battalion that confirmed cases of COVID-19 at four chapter houses after in-person Bid Day celebrations.
Pugh said Student Activities’ move to cease visitation at Greek life chapter facilities is due to an increase in cases of COVID-19 among sororities and fraternities. A&M has not yet released any information regarding how many active cases of COVID-19 are present among university employees and students.
Additionally, Pugh said A&M is getting reports from parents that their students are being harassed as a result of Greek letters on their vehicles and that the student conduct office is investigating whether these situations involve student perpetrators.
This is a developing story and will be updated as we receive additional information.