Originally created 09/19/06

Fraternity placed on probation



ATHENS, Ga. - Chi Phi fraternity has been placed on two years' probation at the University of Georgia after pledges to the group flashed pictures of nude women to passers-by on campus.

The seven pledges who showed the pictures have agreed to serve a year's probation, complete community service and organize a program on sexual harassment for their frat brothers, according to an agreement reached late last week.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that university officials suspended Chi Phi for the Sept. 6 prank, and the case was then forwarded to UGA's Office of Judicial Programs, which reached the agreement with the fraternity and students Thursday.

The students, all of whom admitted guilt, will complete 25 hours of community service by December and will work together to teach Chi Phi about the school's Anti-Discrimination and Harassment policy and the definitions of sexual harassment.

The fraternity will replace its pledge program with a "new brotherhood program" by February, the agreement states.

Chi Phi President Matthew Hughes said that the chapter is "embarrassed" about the incident, which he said was not sanctioned by the fraternity.

He declined to say why the students showed the pictures.