Another One Bites The Dust: 10 Of 49 Penn State Fraternities Now Suspended

More than 20 percent — 10 of 49 — of Penn State fraternities housed under the Interfraternity Council are now suspended, following the university’s announcement it has revoked the recognition of Delta Tau Delta through the fall 2018 semester.

Seven of these chapters have been suspended since Tim Piazza’s untimely hazing death in February. Upon investigation into the incident, Penn State placed a moratorium on socials with alcohol for Greek organizations — many of the suspensions hinge on chapter violations of this rule or other new guidelines.

The suspended fraternities are as follows:

  1. Alpha Chi Rho: lost recognition on July 17, 2017 for one year by IFC for hazing
  2. Beta Theta Pi: lost recognition on March 30, 2017 permanently by university for hazing
  3. Delta Tau Delta: lost recognition on November 7, 2017 until the end of the fall 2018 semester by the university for policy violations
  4. Delta Upsilon: lost recognition on October 28, 2017 until the end of the spring 2018 semester by the university for policy violations
  5. Kappa Delta Rho: lost recognition on May 27, 2015 for three years by university for hazing and policy violations
  6. Phi Kappa Tau: lost recognition on May 1, 2015 for three years by IFC for hazing
  7. Phi Mu Delta: lost recognition on July 10, 2017 for one year by IFC for hazing
  8. Pi Kappa Phi: lost recognition on April 2, 2015 for three years by IFC for hazing
  9. Pi Lambda Phi: lost recognition on October 28, 2017 until the end of the spring 2019 semester by the university for policy violations
  10. Sigma Alpha Mu: lost recognition on April 20, 2017 for two years by university for violation of expectations

If you’re counting, that’s a total of 190 months, or nearly 16 years, of total fraternity suspensions. And that doesn’t even include the permanent ban on Beta Theta Pi.

“The IFC is supportive of these decisions,” Interfraternity Council Vice President for Communications Michael Cavallaro said via email. “As we have said numerous times over this past year, meaningful change is not possible without help from all stakeholders; this includes our chapters and the standards that we hold them to. This change will only happen when chapters and their members buy into this necessary change.”

Penn State has made it clear time and time again over the past few months that the university’s intent isn’t to end Greek life, but rather, to fix the system. But given its reluctant response to the new measures, will Greek life be responsible for its own demise?

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