Pi Kappa Alpha Loses University Recognition

The University of Connecticut chapter of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, also known as Pike, has lost recognition from UConn, according to an email posted on the UConn subreddit page Friday evening.

The email was sent by the Director of the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Todd Sullivan and was posted on the UConn section of social media site Reddit by user “RIP_WASD.” The email indicates that the Office of Community Standards made the decision to sanction Pi Kappa Alpha in response to events in November of 2014.

“This was regarding two incidents in November 2014, occurring shortly after the organization was notified that it was placed on probation resulting from a previous incident,” according to the email.

Pike leadership could not be reached for a comment on the loss of recognition, on the veracity of the e-mail or on what such a move would mean for the fraternity.

In fall of 2014, Pike was embroiled in controversy after an alleged verbal altercation between Pike members and members of the Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority over a rock painting. After Pike members allegedly shouted racial epithets at members of AKA, the sorority filed a complaint with the University. The loss of recognition, however, seems to be the result of other violations of the UConn Student Code.

“The Office of Community Standards conducted an investigation which found Pi Kappa Alpha responsible for violating The Student Code (Part III B.): Section 5. Endangering behavior, Section 6. Hazing, and Section 7: 1(c). Serving, distributing or obtaining alcohol,” according to the email.

Pike’s loss of recognition comes just days after the University of Oklahoma chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon was shut down and two members suspended for a racist chant that went viral and drew condemnation from national civil rights organizations and the national fraternity.

Pike is also the latest in a string of Greek organizations to be investigated or suspended in the past year. The Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority was suspended alongside the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity in Spring of 2014 after a hazing investigation by the University uncovered hazing of fraternity members involving forcing them to do body shots off each other, eat dog treats and wear female underwear. In addition, Sigma Chi, Delta Gama and the Delta Zeta organizations were all investigated in the past year for violation of the Student Code.

“One of the reasons that it’s so hard for us, myself included, is because we know that people are hurting. Some people have taken actions and engaged in behaviors that are uncivil, harmful, hurtful and is not what our community stands for,” Sullivan said in November. “And we know that we are more than the sum of these headlines, we are better than this.”

Timeline by Kathleen McWilliams Managing Editor

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