ITHACA, NY – The Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, which was placed on interim suspension in February after accusations of hazing, was placed on a probationary status lasting two years on Friday.

Pi Kappa Phi had been accused of using hazing that includes, “intimidation, verbal abuse, harassment, alcohol consumption and calisthenics.” According to a statement from the university, it was determined that there was a hazing incident.

The fraternity will be required to have a live-in advisor and complete and implement plans for improvement of new member recruitment and education practices.

The university released the following statement on Friday:

[su_frame]Effective immediately, interim suspension of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity, which was imposed on February 23, 2016, is lifted, and the chapter is placed on provisional recognition status, which is a probationary status, for a period of no less than 2 years, as a result of an incident determined to be hazing with new members.

As conditions of provisional recognition, the chapter will be required to place a live-in advisor in the facility prior to the start of classes in Fall 2016, and complete and implement plans for improvement of new member recruitment and member education practices. If the chapter is found responsible for a material violation of community policies or protocol during the period of Provisional Recognition Status, chapter recognition will be immediately revoked.

In accordance with the recognition policy, it has been determined that this chapter may participate in new member recruitment activities while on Provisional Recognition status.

Travis Apgar
Robert G. Engel Senior Associate Dean of Students
Office of Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living


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