Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity on Social Probation through Spring
Following an investigation by the Interfraternity Council and the Office of Student Integrity, the Alpha Rho chapter of Phi Kappa Tau has been issued sanctions from both entities. The decisions were related to an email written by a fraternity member to his chapter earlier this semester that was subsequently circulated throughout the community and picked up by various news sources.
The Interfraternity Council (IFC) determined that Phi Kappa Tau violated the fraternal code of conduct, resulting in social probation through May 4, 2014. IFC also requires the chapter to have at least 70 percent of its members attend multiple events or programs related to sexual violence prevention. In addition, it recommends that the chapter rebuild its internal Standards Boards Processes used to hold chapter members accountable for their individual actions.
The Office of Student Integrity determined that the chapter was responsible for violating the Student Code of Conduct after the investigation revealed that the fraternity likely had knowledge of a brother’s disruptive behavior and failed to take disciplinary measures. This resulted in disciplinary probation until May 4, 2014, during which time the chapter may still recruit members, hold meetings and participate in intramurals and service events. In accordance with this and its social probation, the chapter may not host, co-host or participate in social events.
The chapter must also elect a fresh set of officers to its executive board. No current officers may continue to hold their own or other executive positions after Dec. 13. The chapter’s advisory board issued an action plan to its members outlining specific procedural changes to be made in the near future.