INDIANAPOLIS, April 28, 2016 - Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is announcing the five-year suspension of the University of Kentucky chapter, Kentucky Beta. Both the university and Phi Kappa Psi were made aware of hazing allegations after they were reported anonymously. The chapter accepted the proposed suspension from the university on Thursday, April 21.
The allegations made span from the fall 2015 semester to the current spring 2016 semester. The chapter does not dispute these allegations. Hazing is incongruent with the values and Creed of Phi Kappa Psi. The Fraternity takes any allegations seriously and works to investigate any such claims with the university.
Phi Kappa Psi Headquarters will continue to work with local alumni to ensure a successful return to the University of Kentucky. With guidance from Phi Kappa Psi Headquarters staff, the alumni will provide guidance to the new group in 2021 to ensure those future members become a conducive, respectable group on campus once again.
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.
All members of Phi Kappa Psi are expected to live up to the Creed of Phi Kappa Psi. Those members who do not do so, are held accountable. Phi Kappa Psi has a commitment to excellence and providing guidance for all members to be successful in college and in the future.
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.