UNL suspends Phi Kappa Psi fraternity until 2018

Posted at 2:32 PM, Feb 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-22 15:37:25-05

Officials at University of Nebraska-Lincoln has suspended its chapter of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity until at least December 2018.

University officials say the suspension follows an investigation that uncovered a pattern of behavior within the fraternity in repeated violation of the university's Student Code of Conduct, and is based upon discussion and agreement with the fraternity's national organization.

"The university had placed Phi Kappa Psi on interim suspension in 2016 amid claims of member misconduct,” Officials said in a statement.

“The final decision comes after the university, working closely with the Indiana-based national Phi Kappa Psi organization, subsequently found evidence that clearly supported the initial claims."

Officials added Phi Kappa Psi will immediately suspend all activities and it is no longer recognized as a greek organization at the university.

"Promoting an environment of respect and care among our students is of utmost importance," said Juan N. Franco, vice chancellor for student affairs. "While it is unfortunate that this action has to be taken, it is an appropriate action."

Last December, university officials say they learned of a series of likely violations involving problematic alcohol use in the chapter house and at off-campus parties.

University officials added concerns about members' treatment of its pledge class at the time, as well as Phi Kappa Psi members conducting property damage to other greek chapter houses at Nebraska, also were brought to the university's attention.

The university immediately placed the chapter on interim suspension, revoking the chapter house's university-approved housing status and removing freshmen from the house.

The chapter's house  will remain unoccupied by the fraternity until such time as the chapter is re-chartered. Re-chartering would not occur until at least August 2019, at which point only upper-class members would be allowed to live in the house.

The earliest the chapter would be permitted to apply for reinstatement as a university-approved housing facility, meaning freshmen could again live in the house is May 2020.