City of Tempe calls meeting to answer neighbors' concerns over 'out of control' fraternities

TEMPE, AZ - Police, Tempe council members, and members of the community are trying to find a solution to a recent spike in calls to police over fraternity related incidents.

A fight at an apartment near McClintock and University is an extreme example. Surveillance video captured 20 people attacking three others at the complex. Police said the incident stemmed from on-going disputes between two fraternities. One person was beaten badly, at least two were arrested.

The council's Neighborhood and Education Committee met Monday to address problems and complaints stemming from ASU students living off-campus.

Assistant Police Chief Angel Carbajal told ABC15 they are seeing an increase in the number of frat related calls for service.

Tempe resident Michael Field lives near campus and said that there are constantly parties that are not just a nuisance, but even dangerous.

"You have parties that grow to 50 plus people and they are drunk," he said. "It can feel threatening."

Part of the problem is that this is the first semester that all fraternities are no longer living in on-campus housing.

What was known as "frat row" has been leveled.

That means the frats are now housed in neighborhoods and residents there are becoming affected by  them more often.

According to city zoning laws, a fraternity can not set up in a single family neighborhood. Individuals, however, can rent in those areas. Part of the issue is determining who is living where and what constitutes a fraternity event.

Council members were quick to point out that the issue is not fraternity specific, but pertains to any club or really any student who becomes a repeat problem for police.

The committee is exploring policing and zoning options.

ASU representatives were also at the meeting and explained that students can face consequences academically if they get in trouble off-campus.

Several fraternity members also attended the meeting and expressed their willingness to cooperate and their desire to be good neighbors.

It could be several months before a recommendation is presented to the council.

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