Penn State has suspended a fraternity chapter for the following three years for what officers on Tuesday referred to as “a number of and repeated violations of college coverage over an prolonged interval.”
The Beta Alpha Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha’s suspension by 2025, handed down by Penn State’s Workplace of Scholar Accountability and Battle Response, follows greater than two years of repeated violations, together with prohibited alcohol use and “failure to conform,” in keeping with a information launch.
With the suspension, the fraternity, generally often known as PIKE, loses all rights and privileges as a acknowledged pupil group and can’t take part in or attend as a fraternity any actions or occasions, together with formal recruitment, Homecoming and THON.
The chapter didn’t take part in a listening to to plead its case and, in keeping with Penn State, intends to function independently with out college oversight or recognition. Pi Kappa Alpha Worldwide Fraternity has been notified of the college suspension however is just not taking motion itself to droop the chapter.
Penn State “strongly discourages college students from sustaining or searching for membership with this group or interacting with this group in any manner,” a college assertion mentioned, noting that the chapter is not going to be topic to academic and preventive applications or monitoring. Although the college is not going to have oversight of the chapter as a company, particular person college students stay topic to the Scholar Code of Conduct on and off campus.
Scholar Affairs workers labored with the worldwide fraternity and “exhausted out there sources and alternatives to help the chapter in making a protected, profitable and sustainable fraternal group,” in keeping with the assertion. The chapter, although, refused to adjust to expectations, Penn State officers mentioned.
“It’s at all times regrettable to achieve this juncture in our relationship with a acknowledged pupil group, however it’s particularly regrettable when the group has a protracted and significant historical past at Penn State,” Vice President for Scholar Affairs Damon Sims mentioned. “I’m assured that our staffs in Fraternity and Sorority Life and Scholar Accountability and Battle Response have performed all they’ll to handle these points constructively. Our dedication to pupil security and the sustainability and success of our fraternity and sorority neighborhood requires that we reply successfully to teams that refuse to observe our affordable expectations and processes, and that’s all we’re doing on this occasion.”