A fraternity at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln has been suspended for the next two years.
University officials took the action against Phi Kappa Psi after an investigation uncovered “a pattern of behavior within the fraternity in repeated violation of the university’s Student Code of Conduct,” which included the abuse of alcohol both on and off campus. The university took the action after discussing the violations with the fraternity’s national organization.
According to the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, Phi Kappa Psi will be suspended until at least December of 2018.
Phi Kappa Psi had been placed on interim suspension last year after complaints had been filed about member misconduct. University officials say their final decision came after they worked closely with the national Phi Kappa Psi organization, based in Indiana, and found evidence that clearly supported the claims.
All activity at Phi Kappa Psi has immediately been suspended. It is no longer recognized as a Greek organization on the Lincoln campus.
“Promoting an environment of respect and care among our students is of utmost importance,” UNL Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Juan N. Franco said in a written statement released by UNL. “While it is unfortunate that this action has to be taken, it is an appropriate action.”
University officials say they learned of a series of violations involving alcohol abuse in the chapter house and at off-campus parties. Concerns were raised about how the fraternity treated pledge classes. Allegations arose that Phi Kappa Psi members damaged the property of other fraternities.
UNL placed the chapter on interim suspension, revoked its university-approved housing status, and removed freshmen from the house.
Phi Kappa Psi will be allowed to re-apply December 1st of 2018. The chapter house at 1548 S Street will remain unoccupied to at least August 2019, at which point only upper-class members would be allowed to live in the house. Freshmen might be allowed to live in the house again if the house is reinstated as a university-approved housing facility, which would come no earlier than May of 2020.