The College of Charleston has shut down their fifth fraternity in a year.
Following the suspensions of Alpha Epsilon Pi, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Nu, Kappa Alpha, the Alpha Chapter of Pi Kappa Phi was shut down in late July. The decision to shut down the fraternity came after investigations into multiple incidents of misconduct, including the alleged beating of a CoC student back in April.
According to information provided by Ron Menchaca, a spokesman for the College of Charleston, officials began their investigation on May 19 and looked into incidents that date back to February, including incidents involving alcohol, drugs, and hazing.
The investigation was completed on July 26 and the Alpha chapter was ordered to close immediately.
The College of Charleston imposed the following sanctions against Pi Kappa Phi, via Post & Courier:
-A letter of apology to College President Glenn McConnell for the organization’s behavior, “that not only posed a threat to the health and safety of its own members, but for others within the campus community.”
-A letter to any future colony of the fraternity laying out the conduct that led to their closure, how that conduct arose and escalated before the college’s investigation, how members should have conducted themselves and how they “could have benefited from the multiple attempts to intervene by its national headquarters and the college-sponsored education.”
According to the report, Pi Kappa Phi will be allowed to recolonize during the 2019 fall semester 2019.
They are the fifth fraternity to be suspended since August 2016.