A fraternity on the University of Nebraska Lincoln campus has been suspended after an investigation pointed to alcohol and pledge class abuse.
Phi Kappa Psi has been placed on interim suspension by university officials.
The university, in a news release, state the action came after learning of a pattern of behavior in violation of the UNL Student Code of Conduct. Violations included problematic alcohol use in the chapter house and at off-campus parties. Concerns have been raised about the treatment of the current pledge class. Allegations also have been made that fraternity members caused property damage at another Greek house.
UNL has withdrawn recognition of Phi Kappa Psi as a Greek organization. It has revoked the chapter’s affiliation with the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life.
UNL no longer officially recognizes the chapter house at 1548 S Street. Freshmen members are no longer allowed to live in the house. They will be moved to other university-approved housing beginning in the spring 2017 semester.
“The safety of our students is our highest priority, and this decision is with their best interests in mind,” said Juan N. Franco, UNL Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs in a written statement released by UNL. “The university will always act to ensure student welfare.”
The investigation continues. Further steps might be taken.
Franco said the university is working closely with the chapter’s Indiana-based national office, which is conducting its own investigation.
“We are working with the university and will do what we can to support the investigation,” said James D’Imperio, the fraternity’s national director of standards, in a written statement also released by UNL.