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Pi Kappa Phi fraternity suspended for four years following hazing investigation

Katie Bradham, Asst. Photo Editor

The house of Pi Kappa Phi, a fraternity which has recently been suspended from Clemson University.

Clemson University’s chapter of the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity is suspended for four years following a hazing investigation, according to a report released by the university. The incident occurred on Feb. 4, 2021, and they were found in violation in late December.
The report found them in violation of hazing rules, including “acts of personal servitude by new members; line-ups, berating,morally degrading behavior.” The charges were filed against the fraternity chapter in April, according to the report.
The information was released under the Tucker Hipps Transparency Act, which requires the publishing of reports on all code of conduct violations by Greek organizations at institutions of higher education in South Carolina.
The fraternity will not be eligible to apply for reinstatement until the fall 2025 semester. 
Pi Kappa Phi is now the fourth fraternity currently suspended from Clemson.
“The organization was formally charged with hazing by the Office of Community and Ethical Standards (OCES) in April 2021, and went through the full judicial process, including multiple appeals,” said Philip Sikes, spokesperson for Clemson. “The health, safety and well-being of students is our highest priority as an institution and we continue to reinforce these priorities with our Greek community and the individuals and organizations who are expected to act responsibly.”
The Interfraternity Council, which acts as the governing body for affiliated fraternities at Clemson, supported the suspension of the chapter.
“On behalf of the Interfraternity Council, it is our responsibility to hold all members of our council and community accountable for any actions deemed transgressional, thus resulting in the IFC mirroring the suspension announced by the university,” said Carter Varin, president of the IFC.
The leadership of the Pi Kappa Phi chapter did not respond to request for comment by The Tiger before press time.

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