A sorority at the University of Nevada, Reno, has been suspended for the next three months after two complaints about the chapter were made to a hazing hotline.
A spokeswoman for the Pi Beta Phi national headquarters told the Reno Gazette-Journal that activities at the UNR Nevada Alpha Chapter were suspended Oct. 5. An investigation began shortly after.
Spokeswoman Eily Cummings says the national representatives determined the women in the chapter violated the organization's values and policies, but she say she can't share specifics about the allegations because the investigation is ongoing.
Hazing is a misdemeanor in Nevada if it causes no substantial bodily harm, and a gross misdemeanor if it does result in harm, even if the person being hazed consents to the activity. (AP)
Pi Beta Phi released this statement:
Because Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women is a values-based organization, it expects all of its chapters and individual members to act in accordance with Pi Phi's values and policies at all times. After speaking with the Nevada Alpha Chapter members at a recent visit, it was determined the women violated Pi Phi's Policy and Position Statements as well as expectations specifically outlined by the Fraternity for the chapter. The Fraternity has suspended operations of its University of Nevada chapter until mid-February while an investigation continues. Those individual members who were found in violation of Pi Beta Phi's values and policies will be held accountable and be disciplined according to Pi Phi's Constitution and Statutes. The Fraternity has been working closely with the University of Nevada-Reno staff and administration to conduct its investigation. The University has allowed the Fraternity to take the lead on the investigation with regular reports back to the university with updates and information.
Pi Beta Phi has been offering additional support to its Nevada Alpha Chapter, including sending members to the 2012 UIFI Conference and Pi Phi's Leadership Academy. In addition, the Fraternity has sent multiple Leadership Development Consultants to visit and support the chapter.
Basic chapter operations will continue, such as managing the chapter facility, meeting with Panhellenic and corresponding with Fraternity officers and Headquarters; however, the chapter will hold no events or chapter meetings. Pi Beta Phi Fraternity takes seriously its promise to offer a premier experience to its members. When the Fraternity is certain the Nevada Alpha Chapter can offer an experience meeting that promise, full operations will resume. Until then, the chapter is suspended and putting their chapter's charter in jeopardy.
The chapter is currently on Fraternity Probation as a result of violating Pi Beta Phi's Policy and Position Statements, the Event Planning/Management Guidelines and failure to cooperate with Fraternity officers. During probation, and volunteer officer is assigned to support the chapter and work with them on a plan to ensure it doesn't happen again. You will see in the statement above there is reference to the fact they are not following through with that outlined plan, which is why the chapter is now suspended.
Timeline: There were 2 calls placed the first week in October. Pi Beta Phi suspended all chapter events in an email to the chapter on Friday, October 5. Staff and volunteers flew to Reno on Sunday, October 7 to begin the investigation. After they came home from their initial meetings with the chapter members, Pi Phi's Grand Council suspended all chapter operations at their mid-October meeting. Pi Beta Phi and the Fraternity and Sorority Advisor have been working seamlessly throughout this process.
Tuesday, June 18 2013 12:40 AM EDT2013-06-18 04:40:59 GMT
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