Phi Kappa Psi Announces the Suspension of Its George Washington University Chapter

INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 25, 2016 - The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity announces the suspension of the DC Alpha Chapter (George Washington University) based upon a collaborative discussion and agreement with George Washington University. 

Phi Kappa Psi's Executive Council has suspended the chapter's charter effective Monday, January 25, 2016, for a period at least through the spring 2020 semester.
 
All Phi Kappa Psi activities have been suspended on campus. This suspension is due to a variety of substantial risk management concerns and violations stemming back to 2013. Over the past two years, the Chapter has been sanctioned multiple times and investigated for several allegations and incidents that are incongruent with our expectations, including violating social probation, failing to attend mandatory meetings with University administration, and failing to host required programming related to sexual harassment and risk management education.

Additionally, during an administrative search of the Chapter's townhouse in October 2015, university police confiscated 77 items of contraband ranging from alcohol to prohibited/illegal drugs, substances, or chemicals. The chapter vacated the property it was leasing from the University. 

In response, Phi Kappa Psi's Staff worked in conjunction with GWU administrators to investigate the Chapter's conduct and violations. As a result of this investigation, the Fraternity's Executive Council and GWU's administration concluded that, in keeping with our shared commitment to the core mission of both institutions to the health, safety, and wellness of students, a period of closure of the DC Alpha Chapter is the most appropriate course of action.
 
The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity regrets the negative impact its members had on the George Washington University community. The Fraternity values its long history at George Washington University, and is proud to have initiated 711 men during that time.  
 
After collaborative and in-depth discussions, the Fraternity and GWU have agreed to an initial period of suspension from campus until the spring 2020 semester. Phi Kappa Psi eagerly anticipates once again having a model chapter on campus. Members that are currently part of the DC Alpha Chapter have been advanced to "alumnus" status and will remain in said status, and will not participate in the possible re-colonization of the chapter.
 
Decisions to suspend a chapter are among the most difficult a Fraternity's leadership and staff must make; decisions which are not taken lightly. Nevertheless, when circumstances dictate and the best interests of the Fraternity and its members are at risk, suspension will be considered in partnership with the campus administration and the chapter's alumni leadership. Phi Kappa Psi's leadership and Staff are foremost committed to educating, leading and inspiring our undergraduate and alumni members to make positive and constructive decisions.
 

Media Contact
Garret Walton
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317-632-1852
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The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is a 501(c)(7) association of men of integrity who strive to develop the individual in his intellect, in his involvement in the community and in his faith. The Fraternity was founded on February 19, 1852 at Jefferson College by William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore.  It currently has 101 chapters across the United States, with over 6,500 undergraduate members and over 80,000 living alumni.
 
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