Knoxville chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha told to close on UT’s campus

University of Tennessee fraternity closing after 84 years on campus.

Collegiate members from the Epsilon-Omicron chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity at the University of Tennessee collecting food for Feeding America. (PRNewsFoto/Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity, Inc)

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – A long-standing fraternity on The University of Tennessee’s campus is closing.

On Tuesday morning, University of Tennessee officials confirmed Lambda Chi Alpha has been told to close by their national headquarters. Current members have until March 6th to move out of the fraternity’s house and find new housing.

We’ve learned the Epislon Omicron chapter currently has 80 undergraduate members.

The Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity Board of Directors voted to suspend the Epsilon Omicron chapter effective February 22nd. In a statement to our newsroom, we’ve learned Lambda Chi Alpha brothers at The University of Tennessee may not represent the fraternity, display emblems or symbols, or gather in the name of the fraternity.

“The Board of Directors took this action in response to multiple operational and new member incidents over a three-year period that violated the oaths and laws of our fraternity,” said Nick Zuniga, Director of Chapter Services for the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity.

We’re told the Epsilon Omicron chapter is closed for a minimum of five years.

Zuniga went on to say, “Lambda Chi Alpha has a zero tolerance policy in regard to hazing and this closure imposes the appropriate penalty given the circumstances.”

According to the chapter’s website, Lambda Chi Alpha has been on campus since March 20th, 1932. To date, the fraternity says they’ve initiated close to 2,400 brothers and is one of the largest fraternities at The University of Tennessee.

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