Penn State University has suspended the Zeta Psi fraternity for four years following an investigation into alleged hazing. The fraternity has been suspended until 2022. The Zeta Psi International organization has also revoked the charter of the chapter.
According to The Daily Collegian, the Office of Student Conduct received a misconduct report of hazing against the fraternity in March. Additionally, on April 10, Zeta Psi fraternity member Cameron Miller faced 10 felony charges for possession and intent to sell cocaine.
In a press release, Vice President for Student Affairs Damon Sims said that “safety is and will remain the top priority. We applaud the international organization for taking the necessary action and partnering with us.”
This is the latest major fraternity or sorority suspension in the last year, as schools such as Indiana University, the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Texas State, Florida State, Ball State, Louisiana State and Penn State have all suspended fraternities in the wake of hazing and alcohol deaths.
In response to incidents like these, fraternities such Phi Kappa Psi have made numerous changes to their code of conduct in an effort to address the issues that have arisen. In addition, schools such as Texas State have introduced new Greek Life rules to try and prevent these problems.
These reports come amidst similar allegations that have been made against fraternities nationwide, including Sigma Alpha Epsilon at East Carolina University, who was shut down for hazing and the Lambda Chi Alpha chapter at the University of Arkansas which has been accused of taking sexually explicit photographs of women without their permission.