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Spring 2016

Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity (Interfraternity Council)

Description:  On Feb. 12, 2016 two associate members of the fraternity were assessed by medical technicians at the request of Cornell Police, due to the student’s observed level of intoxication. One associate member was found in his residence hall and admitted to police that he had consumed six shots of alcohol at the fraternity house. The second new member was found intoxicated at the fraternity house later that evening. He also admitted to police that he was drinking beer at the fraternity house.  

Outcome: The Greek Judicial Board found the fraternity responsible for level 2 hazing; the presence of alcohol and associate members; the presence and use of liquor; and, giving alcohol to individuals under 21 years of age. As a result, the chapter was required to engage in anti-hazing and alcohol awareness programming approved by the Office of fraternities, Sororities and Independent Living and pay a fine of $5 per each chapter member, which is consistent with the 2012 Interfraternity Council Resolution pertaining to judicial fines for the presence of alcohol during new member education.   

Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity (Interfraternity Council)

Description: On Feb. 22, 2016, two members and a former member planned and carried out a party for two associate members to celebrate the fraternity’s big and little brother assignment, which took place earlier that evening, as a welcoming to the two new members of this particular big/little lineage. The party occurred at the off-campus apartment of the former member, where alcohol was present and the associate members were presented with inappropriate gifts and allowed to be placed in a personally compromising scenario.  

Outcome: The Fraternity and Sorority Review Board found the fraternity responsible for hazing. Despite those directly involved in the celebration stating that the associate members were willing participants in all aspects of the night, the Fraternity leadership and the Review Board agreed that the upper-level students created the environment and atmosphere for the activities to take place, and through the sharing of hazing related stories, encouraged the associate members to engage in degrading and objectifying activities.
The fraternity conducted an internal investigation and found facts consistent with the fact finding presented to the Board. The Board supported the swift action taken by the fraternity to remove the two active members from the brotherhood, and the plan they crafted to address these issues going forward. 

Due to the proactive approach and swift action taken on the part of the fraternity, the Review Board recommended that Pi Kappa Phi continue to operate, under Provisional Recognition Status until at least May, 2018. Additionally, the fraternity is to fulfill all aspects of the corrective plan presented, which includes a structured big/little celebration free of alcohol and other inappropriate activities. They are also to employ and place a live-in advisor in the house prior to the start of classes Fall 2016. 

The three upper-level students were referred to the Judicial Administrator’s Office for alleged violations of the Campus Code specific to Hazing.  


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