Pi Kappa Phi suspended for hazing allegation

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LeeAnn Scarberry | vscarberry@radford.edu

Radford University’s Pi Kappa Phi fraternity is temporarily suspended, and is currently being investigated for a hazing allegation by both the Office of Student Standards and Conduct and the Pi Kappa Phi national office. The claim targets the Delta Phi Chapter at Radford University.

According to Joe Carpenter, vice president of University Relations, Radford University was notified on April 11 that the national headquarters of Pi Kappa Phi imposed a 60 day suspension for investigation purposes.

The hazing allegations involved a student that was forced to receive medical attention dues to severe injuries.

“The university takes this allegation seriously and has immediately commenced its own investigation to look into the facts and to determine if other incidents may have occurred and if there are any other possible victims,” Carpenter wrote in an email.

There was a complaint filed to the Dean of Students Office about possible misconduct by students that were part of the fraternity. This is under investigation by the Office of Student Standards and Conduct.

The activity was said to have happened off campus, and the City of Radford Police Department have been notified.

The terms of the suspension, according to the Pi Kappa Phi national headquarters, say, “… the chapter is prohibited from hosting, sponsoring, organizing, planning or endorsing any fraternal functions, including but not limited to: meetings, rituals, social events (with and without alcohol), intramurals, recruitment activities, philanthropy events, brotherhood and associate member activities, initiation, and any other activity a reasonable, objective observer would associate with the Fraternity.”

“Additionally, initiated members of the chapter are prohibited from having any contact with the associate members.  This includes, but is not limited to, all written, verbal, and electronic communication (i.e. text messages, e-mail, Twitter, Facebook, etc.),” the terms continued.

Robert Marias, assistant director of student activities, was asked to comment, but since the investigation is ongoing he was unable to do so.