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West Virginia University announced it will be suspending four fraternities temporarily after the University and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life finished conducting a review of Greek life on campus.

Phi Sigma Kappa and Sigma Alpha Mu will be suspended through the Fall 2020 semester, and Pi Kappa Alpha and Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) are suspended indefinitely, according to a press release.

WVU placed a moratorium on Interfraternity Council activities back in February which helped prompt a special review of Greek life on campus. A committee was started by WVU — comprised of students, faculty and members of national fraternity headquarters — to review behavior and academic performance, among other factors, to determine the status of a fraternity or sorority.

The committee reviewed its months of research in a meeting where organizations’ names were kept anonymous, so there wasn’t a chance of bias, Director of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life Matthew Richardson said.

“Decisions on action plans, or suspension, or anything like that, was done on an objective basis based on the information we had in front of us,” Richardson said.

The committee then gave its recommendations to the Dean of Students, Corey Farris, who approved them. President Gordon Gee and Provost Joyce McConnell later accepted the recommendations.

The recommendations for each organization range from loss of recognition to appointing an academic mentor.

For the two fraternities suspended indefinitely, Farris said WVU will likely wait until existing members graduate, so there wouldn’t be a history of questionable behavior when the organization is reinstated.

“It wouldn’t make sense for us to suspend for a year and then bring back all those same new fellas that we’re separating ourselves from next year,” Farris said.

All WVU sororities reported in good standing for the upcoming semester.

The moratorium on IFC activity will end with the start of the 2018-19 academic year.

Reach Joe Severino at joe.severino@wvgazettemail.com, 304-348-5189 or follow @jj_severino on Twitter.

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