Pi Kappa Phi Sanctioned By National Fraternity Following Hazing Allegations
Penn State’s Pi Kappa Phi chapter has been sanctioned for violations of the risk management policy and standards of conduct, according to a press release from the national fraternity. The chapter has been on an interim suspension since early December, and will remain suspended through the end of the month, at which time they will be permitted to resume limited operations.
Penn State Pi Kappa Phi alumni responded on their website, claiming that the suspension and investigation were in response to “an anonymous letter (that) was received at Old Main alleging hazing by members of the fraternity.”
University Spokeswoman Lisa Powers confirmed Old Main received a letter and discussions were held regarding Pi Kappa Phi, the outcome of which she did not know.
“I can say, however, that we take information of this type seriously and are obligated to look into matters that may allege harm or danger to students,” Powers said. “We also turn these matters over to national leadership for its review and possible investigation.”
Pi Kappa Phi’s national chapter has a zero-tolerance policy regarding hazing. The national fraternity did not respond to questions on what other evidence was involved in the case, or what specific sanctions the chapter received.
“We’re working on the elephant in the room and we’re trying to solve some of the problems with our suspension,” alumni said on their website.
Powers said that Student Affairs, including Fraternity & Sorority Life, has cooperated with both the national organization and the undergraduate actives at Penn State through this process.
“It is my hope that, in the end though, regardless of outcome, our chapter will be a better one—one more capable of handling the challenges of recruitment, education and retention of the young men who choose to commit to the traditions and philosophical direction of Pi Kappa Phi,” said Steve DiOrio, President of the Penn State Pi Kappa Phi Alumni Network.
According to the Pi Kappa Phi national website, the Alpha Mu chapter currently has 83 undergraduate members and 23 associate members. The release can be read below: