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Delta Upsilon, Pi Lambda Phi Lose Recognition After Rule Violations

Penn State announced Saturday it has revoked the recognition of Delta Upsilon and Pi Lambda Phi, until the end of the 2018 spring semester and the end of the 2019 spring semester, respectively. The organizations cannot participate in any Greek activities or university functions, including Homecoming and THON.

“Unfortunately, these men had the opportunity to do the right thing, when the university made abundantly clear what its expectations were and what the consequences for failing those expectations would be,” said Damon Sims, Penn State’s vice president for student affairs, in a press release. “The point of everything we are doing in this domain is to establish a safe, viable, and successful Greek system that can be sustained for many years to come. The misbehavior of these chapters demonstrates very little regard for the trouble alcohol can bring. I am disappointed by this outcome, but effective accountability must be achieved.”

DU’s recognition was revoked for organizing socials with alcohol and underage drinking, twice in three weeks. The fraternity also held a fifth and a friend party, which the university says was “specifically designed to encourage alcohol consumption.”

Pi Lam’s recognition was revoked for providing guests with alcohol on three occasions during social events, as well as exceeding the capacity of the fraternity house and violating Penn State’s regulations for social functions this semester. The fraternity’s national organization has also begun the process of closing the chapter, according to a press release from Penn State.

These two suspensions mark the eighth and ninth fraternities currently suspended, proving Penn State is here to play ball with its new regulations. Forty Interfraternity Council fraternities maintain their recognition at this time, according to the chapter directory released via the university’s new Greek Life Score Cards.

Editor’s note: In the interest of transparency, it’s worth noting the now-former president of Pi Lambda Phi is a photographer for Onward State.

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Elissa Hill

Elissa was the managing editor of Onward State from 2017-2019. She is from Punxsutawney, PA [insert corny Bill Murray joke here] and considers herself an expert on all things ice cream. Follow her on Twitter (@ElissaKHill) for more corny jokes.

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