Fraternity loses recognition for alleged violations at the University of Arizona


TUCSON, Arizona (KOLD News 13) – A partially naked, drunk, and underage girl was found allegedly in distress in a dormitory on the University of Arizona campus earlier this year.

This incident, along with fights between members, led the dean’s office to withdraw its recognition from Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKE) by March 2026. The move means the group cannot participate in school activities or use the school’s facilities and resources.

The school said the fraternity violated the students’ code of conduct by allowing alcohol use, parties, disruptive behavior and alleged assault.

“The loss of recognition from clubs and organizations is unfortunate as the university is fairly clear about policies and procedures and offers significant education,” said Kendal Washington White, vice priest of campus life and dean of students. “Nevertheless, the members of Pi Kappa Alpha decided to actively ignore our expectations. The health, safety and well-being of our students is my greatest responsibility when working with students, alumni and parents. “

The school said it was reviewing reports from the University of Arizona Police Department, testimony, social media posts, and body cam videos in order to make its decision.

UAPD officers were called to the PIKE house, 1525 East Drachman, early March 12, to check on the welfare of a student. The school said a friend of the student called the officers to the crime scene.

According to a report, PIKE members not only failed to call authorities on behalf of the student, but they “tried to control hyperventilation in the female subject for 20 minutes by using someone else’s prescription inhaler as a cure for hers Giving intoxication, undressing and forcing ”. . “

The school said the student told officers when she got to the house that she started drinking and “that once she started drinking, she didn’t remember much.”

This isn’t the first time PIKE has gotten into trouble. In March 2020, Pi Kappa Alpha has been temporarily suspended along with two other groups.

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