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Fraternity may face five-year penalty

By Nick Phillips
Editor

March 29, 2012


A UNCP fraternity could soon be kicked off campus after recently coming under investigation.

The Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity could face a five-year suspension from the University.
According to the Greek Life portion of the university website, Pi Kappa Alpha is listed as "suspended by UNCP, until at least 2017, due to risk management violations."

The fraternity is currently appealing.

The fraternity is currently under investigation by both the Pembroke Police and the University stemming from an alleged party that was thrown at their off-campus house. They have been charged with serving alcohol to minors and for being excessively rowdy.

Heavy advertising of the party on Facebook and Twitter are allegedly reasons the party was found out about.

If suspended from campus, Pi Kappa Alpha would join Tau Kappa Epsilon and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. as groups not recognized by UNCP. The status of both Tau Kappa Epsilon and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., according to the Greek Life portion of the university website, is "suspended by UNCP as well as the National Headquarters of the organization. Both organizations are suspended until at least 2012 due to risk management violations."

According to university Greek Life rules, Greeks that associate themselves with drugs or illegal substances are at a risk for probation and suspension.

UNCP requires that all student organizations recognized by the Office of Greek Life comply with a Risk Management Policy provided by Fraternity Insurance Protection Group, Inc. (FIPG, Inc.) that is posted on the Greek Life portion of the university website.

The Risk Management Policy of FIPG, Inc. includes the provisions which follow and shall apply to all fraternity/sorority entities and all levels of fraternity/sorority membership.

Inside that Risk Management Policy is a section labeled as 'Alcohol and Drugs,' which includes a bullet point stating that "no members, collectively or individually, shall purchase for, serve to, or sell alcoholic beverages to any minor (i.e., those under legal 'drinking age')."

Whitney Swesey, the director of Greek Life, has said she will not speak on the incident until after the appeal has been completed.

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