Penn State IFC Pledges Due Process On KDR Situation
The public outcry against Kappa Delta Rho, after it came to light this week that the fraternity was suspended for posting nude photos of women on a private Facebook page taken without their knowledge, has been severe. The University released a statement on the situation, but until now, the Penn State Interfraternity Council has yet to speak as a group. IFC President Rick Groves released this statement this evening pledging due process but also swift justice. The statement is posted in full below.
As you may know, The Penn State Interfraternity Council immediately placed Kappa Delta Rho on suspension in response to the chapter hosting two private Facebook pages containing highly inappropriate content. The chapter will eventually undergo a Conduct Review Session and the appropriate sanctions will be determined.
Unfortunately, incidents such as these have become increasingly prevalent in recent years and have undoubtedly tarnished the reputation of the fraternity and sorority community.
This being the case, it is understandable that there has been considerable public outcry demanding the immediate closure of the chapter. I would like to reiterate that this investigation is still ongoing, and any decision before its completion would be, at best, premature. A system that caves to public sentiment is not distributing justice; it is distributing vengeance.
The IFC has a tested, robust set of bylaws that were designed to handle issues exactly like those that occurred at Kappa Delta Rho; they have worked in the past and they will continue to work now. While the IFC condemns the actions of Kappa Delta Rho, the nature of their violations is no justification for disregarding the due process that has served us so well.
Rest assured that Kappa Delta Rho will be held accountable. Their justice will be swift, but it will not be frantically determined.