Fourth Greek life organization faces hazing probe

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Fourth Greek life organization faces hazing probe

The University placed Pitt’s chapter of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity on “Interim Restriction of Privileges-New Member Education” Monday, continuing a string of recent hazing allegations. Last Wednesday, Pitt suspended the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity, house pictured, on an interim basis, and placed the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and the Chi Omega sorority on “Interim Loss of Privileges-New Member Education.”

The University placed Pitt’s chapter of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity on “Interim Restriction of Privileges-New Member Education” Monday, continuing a string of recent hazing allegations. Last Wednesday, Pitt suspended the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity, house pictured, on an interim basis, and placed the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and the Chi Omega sorority on “Interim Loss of Privileges-New Member Education.”

Caela Go | Staff Photographer

The University placed Pitt’s chapter of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity on “Interim Restriction of Privileges-New Member Education” Monday, continuing a string of recent hazing allegations. Last Wednesday, Pitt suspended the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity, house pictured, on an interim basis, and placed the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and the Chi Omega sorority on “Interim Loss of Privileges-New Member Education.”

Caela Go | Staff Photographer

Caela Go | Staff Photographer

The University placed Pitt’s chapter of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity on “Interim Restriction of Privileges-New Member Education” Monday, continuing a string of recent hazing allegations. Last Wednesday, Pitt suspended the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity, house pictured, on an interim basis, and placed the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and the Chi Omega sorority on “Interim Loss of Privileges-New Member Education.”

By Jon Moss, Assistant News Editor

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An additional Greek life organization at Pitt faces a hazing probe, bringing the total number of groups facing similar investigations to four.

The University placed Pitt’s chapter of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity on “Interim Restriction of Privileges-Educate New Members” Monday, following a report to the University for possible involvement in new member hazing.

Pitt suspended the Phi Kappa Theta fraternity on an interim basis last Wednesday, ceasing all organizational operations. Pitt also placed the Delta Sigma Phi fraternity and the Chi Omega sorority on “Interim Restriction of Privileges-Educate New Members” last Wednesday. Investigations are pending.

Pitt spokesperson Kevin Zwick said an investigation has begun into Phi Gamma Delta, and it must cease all new member education activities while the investigation takes place. He declined to provide more information about the report.

“We encourage all students to reflect on their involvement in our fraternity and sorority community and their organization’s commitment to a culture that values excellence and the well-being of its community members,” Zwick said. “Our policies and expectations have been made very clear to our students.”

Phi Gamma Delta President Andrew Tichy did not respond to a request for comment.

The four investigations come two years after a string of hazing and alcohol incidents in spring 2018. Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kenyon Bonner placed all Greek life organizations on modified social probation in January 2018. He lifted the probation in August 2018 and released a community action plan aiming to change the culture of Greek life on campus.

At the time of the plan’s release, Bonner said responsibility for Greek life organizations ultimately lies with students.

“At some point, you’re all adults, you’re all leaders, you’re all responsible people — and I think reasonable people — and you have a responsibility to manage your organizations,” Bonner said.

Pitt community members can report hazing and other crimes via the Pitt police anonymous tip form.

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