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ISU Fraternity On Probation Following Accidental Student Drowning

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Indiana State University has placed a fraternity chapter on probation following the accidental drowning of an 18-year-old freshman during a fraternity event in Illinois.

The "conduct probation" for Sigma Chi runs through May 11, 2018, and removes the organization from good conduct standing with the university. Also, the chapter will not be allowed to have any social events until the fall 2017 term.

The Sigma Chi fraternity was on suspension while the school's student conduct office investigated the incident. That suspension was lifted once the investigation concluded, but the conduct probation has been implemented.

"Any violation of university policy while they're on this conduct probation may result in the revocation of their standing at the university," says ISU Assistant Director of Media Relations Libby Roerig.

The Associated Press sent an email seeking comment Thursday from the fraternity chapter.

The Clark County, Illinois, sheriff's department and the school investigated the Oct. 23 death of Yiorgo Karnezis of Munster. The school has said that Karnezis apparently fell from a boat into a small pond during a Sigma Chi fraternity social event in the rural community of Dennison, Illinois.

Roerig says all fraternities at the university are on "social restriction" which was put in place by student leadership. She says the organizations were having behavioral issues and the restriction is in place until mid-January.

Lindsey Wright contributed to this report. 

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