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Pitt frat Phi Delta Theta under investigation for alleged hazing

October 6, 2018

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University of Pittsburgh police are investigating an allegation of hazing at an off-campus fraternity, a university spokesman said.

The Phi Delta Theta chapter at Pitt has been placed on interim suspension during the investigation, Joe Miksch wrote to the Tribune-Review in an email Thursday.

Miksch said that administrators at Pitt learned of the allegation last weekend. Someone informed the Student Affairs staff at the university about activities at the frat, prompting the school to investigate.

Miksch said cannot discuss the case while the investigation is ongoing.

At official from Phi Delta Theta’s national headquarters in Ohio told the Trib the organization is aware of the hazing allegations.

“Since learning of the incident, Phi Delta Theta officials have been working in conjunction with university officials and local alumni officers to further review the situation,” a statement read. “The chapter is cooperating with university and fraternity officials during the ongoing investigation. In the case the chapter or any individual is found responsible, Phi Delta Theta will hold its members accountable for their actions.”

Pitt placed all Greek life at the university on modified social probation in January 2018 after a student was hospitalized for alcohol poisoning at the Sigma Chi fraternity. During modified social probation, fraternities and sororities cannot sponsor or participate in any social activities involving alcohol, Miksch said.

Dean Kenyon Bonner lifted that probation in August after Greek life leaders and university officials felt they had a plan in place to address changes needed, Miksch said.

The action plan requires:

• The creation of a university-wide committee to address hazing and other concerning behaviors

• All sorority and fraternity chapters to register events with alcohol

• Each chapter to limit social events with alcohol to 18 per semester

• Those events to have one “event monitor” for every 25 people present.

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