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Spring 2010


Pi Kappa Alpha Interfraternity Council chapter

Description: A social event took place at the Pi Kappa Alpha "Pike" fraternity house, located at 17 South Avenue beginning in the evening hours of January 21 during which the Greek Event Management Guidelines pertaining to properly identifying attendees under 21 years of age, serving alcohol to persons under 21 years of age, designating one point for the distribution of alcohol, and properly monitoring the distribution of alcohol, were not followed.

Approximately 30 first-year students, under the age of 21, were invited by members of Pi Kappa Alpha to the house that evening for an unofficial rush/recruitment event. Alcohol, including liquor, beer and wine, was present in large quantities and made available to all attendees. A drinking game called "bounce" was played with the sole purpose of consuming large quantities of wine. A number of attendees reported that they felt uncomfortable because of considerable pressure to consume large quantities of alcohol that night. As a result of the drinking activities, three of the freshman students were transported to Cayuga Medical Center. Two of the three were considered in serious medical condition by the medical staff.

Outcome: University recognition of Pi Kappa Alpha was withdrawn, as per the Cornell University Recognition Policy. The loss of University Recognition will remain in effect for four years. If, on or after January 1, 2012, the organization (alumni organization, national staff, and alumni volunteers) completes all of the expectations to gain Provisional Recognition, the University will consider allowing the fraternity to begin to colonize at that time and the University will consider recognizing the fraternity again.

Alpha Delta Phi Interfraternity Council chapter

Description:  The Office of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs (OFSA) received several reports from both and the Ivy Gate website about Alpha Delta Phi hazing new members. There was an email sent by a member of the pledge class that gave the new members a list of items that they were told they must get and be ready for "lineup" that evening at 9:10 PM. There was also a report detailing the events of that evening.

Outcome: Alpha Delta Phi received three semesters of disciplinary probation that will end at the start of spring semester 2012. The chapter must hold educational sessions on Event Management Guidelines, Anti-hazing, and proper care of house and grounds. At least eighty percent (80%) of the chapter must be in attendance. 

Pi Delta Psi Multicultural Greek Letter Council chapter

Description: The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs received an anonymous report on April 26, 2009 that members of Pi Delta Psi’s new inductees may have been hazed during the spring semester. The complaint included new members having to shave their heads, and wear uniforms. 

In addition, a video found on the internet was sent which depicted an intoxicated new member being verbally quizzed and spoken to in a harsh manner.  The individual was obviously highly intoxicated and was vomiting.  It was determined that this incident occurred during the new member period; this was in fact one of the new members of the fraternity; and the participants in the hazing were current or recently graduated members of the fraternity.   

Outcome: As a condition of continued University Recognition, the Fraternity and Sorority Review Board have issued the following expectations on November 3, 2009:

  • Pi Delta Psi Fraternity is placed on Provisional Recognition Status immediately, and for a period ending no sooner than December 31, 2010.  As a condition of future University Recognition, the chapter shall complete all additional requirements and recommendations provided in this notification letter in a timely manner and as detailed.
  • The chapter house utilized by Pi Delta Psi Fraternity, located at 124 Triphammer Rd., and all fraternity activities, will be alcohol/drug free beginning immediately and concluding at the end of the fall 2010 semester.
  • The chapter will work with staff in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs and their national fraternity officers to develop a member education process completely free of all forms of hazing, to be completed and approved by a representative of the OFSA before the chapter may conduct any form of recruitment, new member education, or initiation.
  • The chapter will work with the staff in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs to develop a plan to educate all members on the Event Management Guidelines, good risk management practices for events where alcohol may be present, and the dangers of alcohol abuse, to be completed by March 31, 2010.
  • The chapter president will meet with a designated member of the staff in the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs once a month during 2010 to discuss updates and review recent chapter behaviors and community involvement.

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