The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater has been suspended for five years. The Interfraternity Council at the university suspended fraternity chapter for five years for holding a fraternity-sponsored event while already on emergency suspension.
According to reports, the emergency suspension, which came from the Dean of Students’ office, was put into place Monday, April 16. The terms of this suspension said the group is under investigation because of “possibly jeopardizing individual or community safety”. The suspension prohibited any formal or informal gatherings of any kind by the fraternity.
However, despite the suspension, the fraternity held an event in Lake Geneva on April 28. According to The Royal Purple, Pi Kappa Alpha chapter president Nolan Robinson declined to comment as the investigation is still ongoing.
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.
These reports come amidst similar allegations that have been made against fraternities nationwide, including Sigma Alpha Epsilon at East Carolina University, who were shut down for hazing and the Lamda Chi Alpha chapter at the University of Arkansas which has been accused of taking sexually explicit photographs of women without their permission.
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.