Pi Kappa Alpha ordered to cease all activity by university pending hazing investigation
Update 11:59 p.m.: Updated to include statement from PIKE.
Pi Kappa Alpha is under investigation by SMU for potentially violating the University’s policy against hazing, a school spokesperson told The Daily Campus.
The fraternity has been ordered to cease all activities while it is under investigation.
“As of Friday, February 9, SMU ordered Pi Kappa Alpha to immediately cease all activities pending a University investigation,” a spokesperson said by email.
According to someone with knowledge of the situation, PIKE’s intramural basketball game against Phi Gamma Delta scheduled for Tuesday night was cancelled.
Pi Kappa Alpha was already under deferred suspension through spring 2019 for hazing.
The fraternity’s president, Paul Flynn, did not elaborate on the hazing allegations against PIKE.
“We recently learned that allegations were made against the Chapter involving hazing,” Flynn wrote in an email. “Our Chapter, and PIKE national, does not condone any form of hazing. We are cooperating with the school’s investigation, and hope to move forward from these allegations and resume normal Chapter [activities] after the investigation concludes.”
PIKE also came under fire in 2015 for planning an “Ice Age” party with Alpha Epsilon Pi encouraging guests to bring out their “bling” and “inner thug.”
In the fall, SMU’s Kappa Alpha Order chapter was suspended after a conduct investigation revealed hazing by forcing members to eat hot peppers and drink milk until they vomited. The fraternity is eligible to return to campus in 2021.
In March 2016, Lambda Chi Alpha was suspended from campus by its national organization, citing “health and safety” issues.
Currently, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon chapter is also on deferred suspension for hazing, according to the university’s website. FIJI is on conduct probation for “irresponsible conduct.”
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