University Suspends Fraternity

Kyle Jordan
Published February 22, 2012
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BOONE, NC -- On February 20, 2012 Appalachian State University suspended the Iota Psi Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha for violating University and Interfraternity Council policies.

Pi Kappa Alpha Suspended for Hazing Violation

Recent events have resulted in a two-year suspension of the Iota Psi chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity at Appalachian State University. During the term of suspension Pi Kappa Alpha is no longer recognized by the University as a student organization and has lost all privileges afforded to registered student organizations.

The Interfraternity Council Judicial Board recommended taking action following a hazing incident that occurred during the fall 2011 semester. In accordance with the recommendations of the Judicial Board, Pi Kappa Alpha may request to be recognized by the University and the Interfraternity Council following the completion of the suspension at the beginning of the spring 2014 semester. The University has been in communication with representatives from International Fraternity regarding the suspension of the local chapter. The health, welfare and safety of our students remains the Universitys primary concern, and we will not tolerate actions or behaviors that endanger or harm any student.

Greek-letter organizations are a valued part of Appalachian States campus life and a fraternity can provide Appalachian State University students valuable leadership training, friendships that can last a lifetime, and an important connection to campus when they graduate and become alumni. Members of our fraternities and sororities are dedicated to helping others, and annually provide thousands of hours of community service while also raising funds in support of various philanthropies. Our Greek-letter organizations also sponsor numerous activities that enhance social life on campus while offering a variety of avenues through which students develop their leadership abilities. These opportunities greatly enhance the Appalachian State University learning experience and benefit our students in the years following graduation.

A strong and vibrant fraternity and sorority community will continue to be an essential component of the Appalachian experience, and the University will maintain its commitment to working with our fraternities and sororities to help them prepare well-rounded men and women committed to the highest values, ideals and standards. We continue to look forward to the contributions our fraternities and sororities will make to this community in the years to come.

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