December 17, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - Following an investigation into the hazing allegations against the West Virginia Alpha Chapter of Phi Kappa Psi at West Virginia University, the chapter's charter has been suspended. Effective immediately, the chapter is no longer recognized by the national organization and will cease any organized activity on West Virginia University campus. All undergraduate members were moved to the status of being recognized as alumni members of Phi Kappa Psi.
The decision to cease chapter operations was not something taken lightly by the ruling body of the Fraternity. Members of the Headquarters Staff conducted an investigation of multiple allegations, in cooperation with the university and local alumni. These findings were then presented to the Executive Council.
"Phi Kappa Psi has a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to hazing and holds the safety and well-being of our members as our top priority," said Executive Director Shawn Collinsworth. "West Virginia Alpha has jeopardized that by participating in activities that aim to humiliate or harm new members, and it will not be tolerated."
Installed on the Morgantown, West Virginia campus in 1890, 2,325 men have been initiated into the West Virginia Alpha chapter. While this decision deprives Phi Kappa Psi of one its largest and most historic chapters, the Fraternity looks forward to returning to the campus in the future in order to work with the university in bringing a positive Phi Kappa Psi presence back to Morgantown.
"We have great alumni and a tremendous history at West Virginia University," Collinsworth said. "This is not our brightest moment on campus, but we are confident that we will return soon and provide a student experience that will align with our expectations of Phi Kappa Psi membership."
The Fraternity is committed to working with each of our chapters to make sure a positive student experience is provided for all members, but recognizes when tough decisions must be made to maintain the integrity of the organization.
The Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity is a 501(c)(7)
association that engages men of integrity, further develops their intellect and
enhances community involvement. With a legacy built on acceptance and trust,
each brother realizes his highest potential through a lifelong experience of
service and excellence. Founded on February 19, 1852 at Jefferson College
by William Henry Letterman and Charles Page Thomas Moore, more than 117,000 men
have been initiated into the organization in its history.