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Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity Temporarily Suspended Following Social Violation

Penn State’s Office of Student Conduct has placed Phi Kappa Psi fraternity on interim suspension following a social violation, the university announced Thursday morning.

According to the university, the suspension comes after the fraternity hosted a gathering on Tuesday, August 18 that “exceeded state and local government directives” and directly violated Penn State’s ban on Greek life socials amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Penn State said it received anonymous reports, including photos and videos, that depicted more than 15 individuals gathered indoors without masks or social distancing. The university added the actions violate the social moratorium issued by the Interfraternity Council earlier this summer.

“Across the country, other schools and communities are struggling with their return to in-person experiences, and social gatherings are the primary cause,” Damon Sims, vice president for Student Affairs, said. “We need to impress upon all of us the seriousness of this situation, which begins by enforcing the basic requirements of social distancing and masking, and we’re determined to do so as clearly and consistently as we can.”

Under the suspension, Phi Kappa Psi will lose all privileges as a recognized student organization while an investigation into the incident is in progress. During this time, the fraternity can’t participate, attend, or organize functions, activities, or events. It also can’t take part in any university-wide events.

Penn State said the interim suspension was supported by the chapter’s national organization and the university’s Interfraternity Council.

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By day, Matt is a senior majoring in journalism. By night, he's Onward State's managing editor. He's a huge Philadelphia sports fan, fantasy football lover, and washed-up drummer hailing from Collegeville, Pa. The quickest way to his heart is Margherita pizza and "Arrested Development" quotes. Follow him on Twitter @mattdisanto_ if you hate yourself or email Matt at [email protected] if you hate him.

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