ITHACA, NY – The Psi Upsilon fraternity, who had been placed on interim suspension in connection with a sexual assault allegation, has now had their recognition revoked for three years according to a press release from the university.

The benefits of recognition chiefly include the ability to recruit new members. Other benefits include the organizations’s eligibility to participate in the self-governance of the university’s Greek system, use of university facilities and participation in various programs provided to Greek organizations.

The interim suspension prevented the fraternity from engaging in any activities aside from the operation of their residence. However, Psi Upsilon violated this rule by hosting a party on Slope Day.

“The revocation of recognition is also a result of the chapter’s recent judicial history, which includes 31 alleged judicial complaints,” Dean of Students Travis Apgar explains in the release.

With the revocation, the fraternity’s house at 2 Forest Park Lane must be vacated by all occupants by May 31.

Psi Upsilon will have the opportunity to appeal the decision within 72 hours. If the fraternity requests and is granted recognition again after the three year period, they will remain on a “provisional recognition” status for at least two years.

The press release also included an update about the sexual misconduct incident:

Regarding the chapter’s role in the alleged incident of sexual misconduct that took place at the fraternity house on January 30-31, 2016, there was no information presented to the Board that demonstrates the chapter contributed to an atmosphere or circumstance that would facilitate sexual misconduct that night or otherwise responded inappropriately at the time the allegation was made.

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