DNAinfo reports that the drug bust that took place on Columbia University’s campus earlier this week has resulted in a series of fraternity suspensions. Columbia’s Dean of Student Affairs, Kevin Shollenberger, announced that three fraternities have been ordered to “cease all activities,” including initiation, recruitment, and any upcoming parties, and effective immediately. The fraternities, Psi Upsilon, Pi Kappa Alpha and Alpha Epsilon Pi, will remain suspended while the school undergoes an investigation about the drug dealing that allegedly took place at the 114th Street houses. The school’s action comes after Tuesday’s arrest of five Columbia university students and three others, a conclusion of a five-month police investigation dubbed “Operation Ivy League.” During the investigation, undercover officers allegedly purchased thousands of dollars’ worth of drugs from those charged, with some of the deals occurring at the frat houses caught on video, according to the Office of Special Narcotics Prosecutor. Although the evidence doesn’t look good for these frats, the school will “assess the scope of the problem and what reforms may be necessary to address these issues,” according to a statement. While the school kicks off their investigation, the Columbia students and other alleged dealers await action from the Office of Special Narcotics Prosecutor, with two of the students released on bail as of Wednesday. Read more about the Columbia drug scandal and check out police photos of the evidence at the time of the students’ arrests at DNAinfo.
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