Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity suspended through 2022

May 15, 2020

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — On May 14, the Penn State Office of Student Conduct suspended the Phi Rho chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon through summer 2022. Delta Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity’s board of directors unanimously moved to withdraw the charter of the Phi Rho Chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon.

The fraternity was placed in interim suspension in February 2020 while the Office of Student Conduct and the Delta Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity investigated multiple allegations of serious misconduct made against the Penn State chapter.

The suspension is in response to an unregistered social event held on Jan. 30 that potentially endangered students as well as serious alcohol and drug policy violations and significant previous conduct history.

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.

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.

Last Updated September 22, 2020