FIU chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha loses its charter

 

mrvasquez@MiamiHerald.com

The Florida International University chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha, suspended over Facebook posts involving drugs, hazing and more, has lost its charter from the national organization.

In a written statement released Friday, Pike’s national Executive Vice President Justin Buck called the behavior of FIU’s chapter “disgraceful, offensive, and indefensible.”

“It’s clear these individuals have never had any concept of what Pi Kappa Alpha stands for,” Buck said.

The vote of the Supreme Council, which functions as a board of directors, means FIU’s Pikes can no longer use the fraternity’s name or any of its symbols.

Earlier this week, FIU launched an administrative and possibly criminal investigation, prompted by an anonymous email containing screenshots that appeared to be from the chapter’s private Facebook group. In the posts, members offered to sell each other prescription drugs or illegal substances such as marijuana. One even referred to the “Pike Pharmacy.”

Other posts boasted about hazing, which is prohibited under FIU policy and can be a third-degree felony in cases of serious injury.

“Hazing is amazing,” one said. Another exchange: “When does this retreat end?” “When the pledges die.”

Critics of Greek life have argued that the FIU Pike incident is a sign that Greek culture as a whole needs to be changed. Greek organizations nationwide have repeatedly been found guilty of hazing activities or reckless behavior, such as dangerously high levels of alcohol consumption.

Greek members, meanwhile, have tried to distance themselves from the Facebook posts, arguing that they are not reflective of how all fraternity members act.

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