UT Tyler chapter of Pi Kappa Phi suspended amid hazing allegations

Published on Thursday, 14 September 2017 11:26 - Written by

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CORY MCCOY, comccoy@tylerpaper.com

A fraternity at The University of Texas at Tyler has been suspended pending an investigation into claims of hazing.

Justin Angotti, Assistant Executive Director for Prevention and Accountability for the National Headquarters of Pi Kappa Phi, confirmed the UT Tyler chapter of Pi Kappa Phi was placed on suspension until the campus finishes its investigation.

Following the completion of that investigation, the university will determine what, if any, disciplinary actions are warranted.

“Pi Kappa Phi recently received a report of alleged hazing by members of our Theta Pi Chapter at The University of Texas at Tyler,” Angotti said in a statement. “The fraternity takes all allegations of hazing seriously and is working with the university to investigate the report. Chapter operations have been temporarily suspended during the investigation.” 

Lucas Roebuck, UT Tyler's vice president of marketing, brand strategy and community engagement, said it is the college's policy not to comment on possible investigations.

Angotti said the decision to suspend the chapter while the investigation is underway was a mutual decision of the organization and the college.

A spokesperson for the local chapter directed questions back to the university.

Pi Kappa Phi was founded in 1904 at the College of Charleston in South Carolina, according to the organization’s website. Its national headquarters is based out of Charlotte, North Carolina. The organization claims more than 12,500 active members and 187 chapters.

In 2015, another UT Tyler fraternity was accused of inappropriate conduct. The Kappa Sigma fraternity was suspended for one year before its national organization revoked its charter and dissolved the chapter after the allegations surfaced.

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