Video: Fraternity suspended three years

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Video by Mike Drake

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, part of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, was suspended from participation in Greek life and as a student organization at Kent State as of Oct. 7. The suspension will be in effect until May 30, 2016, as decided by the Center of Student Involvement after allegations of hazing were brought to the center’s attention on Aug. 27, according to the letter of suspension written by CSI Director Timeka Thomas Rashid.

The investigation was initially started because of the hazing allegations, with the recommendation for a two-year suspension, but “a review of the recent history of violations that have resulted in social probation and other investigations of misconduct related to membership intake activity” prompted CSI to extend the suspension an additional year, according to the letter.

University spokesman Eric Mansfield said the fraternity was suspended for Greek policy violations, but couldn’t provide information on what allegations were made, details of the policy infractions or on any of the events leading up to the suspension. Mansfield also said he could not confirm if the charges were made by pledges of the fraternity, other students or other fraternities on campus.

The investigation reviewed the last six years of the fraternity’s history, which Mansfield said is standard when organizations are being looked at for policy violation.

To become an active organization at Kent State after the suspension period, Kappa Alpha Psi will have to submit a new member education plan to the Director of Greek Affairs, create a program addressing the dangers of hazing and attend a Risk Management workshop, according to the suspension letter.

Mansfield said the suspension will not effect involved students’ academic standing, it will only effect the fraternity’s standing as a whole. He also said in a statement the university sets policies for Greek life and similar organizations for student protection.

“Adhering to these policies helps maintain the integrity of all student groups and ensures that all who participate are safe and treated fairly,” Mansfield said. “When these policies are violated, the university must take appropriate measures, so we have suspended Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc. for three years for failing to adhere to those policies established for student organizations.”

Kappa Alpha Psi President Ade Adesanya could not be reached for comment on the suspension.

Contact Kelsey Husnick at [email protected].