April 12, 2013

Phi Psi Fraternity Suspended Due to Hazing Allegations

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The University has placed Cornell’s chapter of Phi Kappa Psi fraternity on interim suspension due to hazing allegations, Travis Apgar, associate dean of students for fraternity and sorority affairs, told The Sun Friday.

No further details about the allegations were available as of Friday evening.

According to Apgar, the University will be conducting a fact-finding investigation to determine if hazing did take place, and, if so, to what extent it occurred. The investigation is expected to conclude late next week or early the following week, at which time the University will determine what — if any — judicial action will follow, Apgar said.

Phi Psi is the sixth Cornell fraternity to undergo a suspension and investigation related to hazing this academic year, according to Apgar. In January, Tau Epsilon Phi lost University recognition for a minimum of four years after investigations found the fraternity had been involved in an alcohol-related, “mentally scarring” hazing incident.

Two of the most recent investigations of suspended fraternities — Chi Psi and Delta Phi — will be completed next week, according to the Office of Fraternities, Sororities and Independent Living.

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Original Author: Eliza LaJoie