(WBIR - University of Tennessee) Monday afternoon the University of Tennessee issued a statement saying it is taking steps to revoke the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity's registration at the school. On Friday, Pi Kappa Phi's national headquarters in Charlotte, NC, announced it has closed the chapter because "members were unable to abide by the fraternity's standards of conduct."
The Pi Kappa Phi chapter at the University of Tennessee entered the fall 2013 semester on probation with its national headquarters and the school due to hazing incidents in the spring that placed "new members under emotional distress and physical discomfort."
Despite being placed on probation, the university says this semester there were once again new allegations of hazing at Pi Kappa Phi. Furthermore, the university said Pi Kappa Phi members harassed students who cooperated with the UT Police investigation.
Pi Kappa Phi's national office gave the chapter at UT the ax on Friday for the next four years. The chapter cannot recolonize at Tennessee until August 2017.
Monday afternoon UTPD released documents to WBIR showing several police reports related to alcohol at Pi Kappa Phi this semester. There is also a report that states the department received a "call from a concerned parent about possible hazing
occurring to their son at the Pi Kappa Phi fraternity. The parent advised that their son had told them of several incidents that have occurred involving mental and physical abuse during rituals."
The exact details of what kind of hazing is alleged to occurred were not released. The university statement said, "The investigation is continuing, and individual fraternity members could face criminal charges and disciplinary action."
In the release issued Monday, Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Susan Martin stated, "The university will not tolerate behavior that puts our students in danger. Swift action by UT and the fraternity's national office underscore the message that hazing and harassing students for cooperating with authorities are both unacceptable."
Pi Kappa Phi members have been told they can remain in the fraternity house through finals of this semester, but they will have to find somewhere else to live this spring.
The University of Tennessee and members of many of its Greek organizations have taken a more vigilant stance against bad behavior this semester. The school increased the minimum grade point average for fraternity members and the Greek organizations have worked with UTPD to all more patrols this semester. Those changes came in the wake of an incident that grabbed international headlines and the closing of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity on campus. In the fall of 2012, police said a 20-year-old member of Pi Kappa Alpha went to the hospital with alcohol poisoning after members of the fraternity gave each other enemas with boxes of wine.
Along with Pi Kappa Alpha last year and the current closure of Pi Kappa Phi, the local alumni board of Phi Gamma Delta decided to close UT's chapter in 2012. Phi Gamma Delta will reopen in spring 2014.
Editor's note: Earlier we reported that the University of Tennessee shut down the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity in May due to repeated violations of school rules. UT officials corrected the article saying, "UT didn't shut them down. Phi Gamma Delta closed due to a decision made by their local alumni board in 2012 will return to campus in spring 2014."