Lambda Phi Epsilon Fraternity suspended through 2023

June 25, 2019

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State has suspended the Tau Chapter of Lambda Phi Epsilon fraternity, a member of the Multicultural Greek Council, through spring 2023 for allegations of misconduct related to hazing.

The University’s Office of Student Conduct and Lambda Phi Epsilon International Fraternity, Inc., launched a joint investigation after receiving allegations of hazing during the new member education process. Penn State recommended the suspension and the international organization revoked the chapter’s charter on June 17, following an appeals process with the international organization.

The suspension means the fraternity loses all privileges as a recognized student organization. The organization may not participate, attend or organize any functions, activities or events, or participate in University-wide events as an organization.

Hazing is illegal and is not acceptable behavior for any student group at Penn State. When Penn State is alerted to allegations of hazing, the University takes immediate action to investigate.

Reform measures adopted by Penn State in 2017, and still in effect, are aimed at improving student safety and success in the context of the University’s fraternity and sorority community. The reforms focus on alcohol misuse, hazing, sexual assault, and overly large disruptive gatherings. The University remains resolved to focus on student safety and well-being and will continue to hold accountable any individuals or student organizations that put others at risk.

In addition to Penn State’s initiatives, Pennsylvania’s new Timothy J. Piazza Antihazing Law was signed into law in October of this year.  All organizations whose members are primarily students are subject to the new law that establishes a tiered penalty system with stricter punishments for hazing; classifies new types of hazing; and holds both individuals and organizations accountable for hazing. In addition, the statute provides immunity for individuals in need of medical assistance as a result of hazing or underage alcohol consumption, as well as for those who seek help for others.

Last Updated June 25, 2019