FIU Pike chapter suspended by frat
MIAMI (WSVN) -- The Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity has suspended its chapter at Florida International University after a slew of Facebook postings revealed a history of disruptive behavior, drug use and other campus violations.
The board of directors at the Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity voted Friday to immediately suspend the chapter at FIU following the allegations of inappropriate behavior.
The Pike chapter at FIU had been on interim suspension pending an investigation on alleged inappropriate Facebook posts that came to light Wednesday.
The Pike International headquarters released a statement that read: "Suspension means that the chapter may no longer operate in the name of the Pi Kappa Alpha or use any of the fraternity's names, symbols or signage to denote in any way that the chapter is affiliated with the fraternity."
There were over 70 Facebook posts made by FIU Pike members showing naked woman, referencing hazing at the fraternity and offering the sale of marijuana and prescription drugs by fraternity members.
However, this is not the first time the Pike chapter at FIU has been in trouble with the University. They have been accused and punished in the past for hosting parties at the campus house where there was underage drinking. In 2008, the fraternity was punished for egging the neighboring FIJI house.
In a statement released Friday by the international board at Pike, they said, "The behavior displayed by these young men is disgraceful, offensive, and indefensible. The immediate decision to suspend by the Supreme Council was made to communicate clearly that this type of behavior is not tolerated. Other chapters, alumni of Pi Kappa Alpha and Kappa Gamma Chapter have expressed their overwhelming embarrassment and disgust for these actions. It is clear these individuals never had any concept of what Pi Kappa Alpha stands for."
A student who lives at the Pike house said it is usually a quiet house. "As far as anything crazy, I have never seen anything crazy," said Constantine Vtorov.
The International Fraternity said they will "continue to work with the university and police investigations, providing any information available to hold individuals accountable to the fullest extent of the law."
The board has also said it plans to expel any members with links to illegal and illicit activity from the fraternity.
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