HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Marshall University said Friday it is suspending Greek life at the Huntington, West Virginia, school after allegations of large parties held without masks and social distancing.
The university said videos and photos on social media and witnesses appear to corroborate claims that COVID-19 protocols were broken. A separate report of bullying is also being investigated.
In West Virginia, pandemic rules only allow for social gatherings of 75 people, with masks required.
“Marshall University’s number one priority has been, and continues to be, the health and safety of its students, faculty and staff,” Lisa Martin, director of student conduct, said in a statement. “We will not tolerate behavior that potentially jeopardizes our community’s safety and will thoroughly investigate these reports.”
The university in Huntington issued cease and desist letters to 11 fraternities and sororities, suspending activities.
The governor on Friday announced restrictions will loosen at midnight to allow gatherings with 100 people, and indoor capacity limits will no longer apply at restaurants, bars and most businesses, as long as social distancing is maintained.