A fraternity on Northeastern State University’s campus is on temporary suspension due to hazing allegations.
Pi Kappa Alpha, often referred to as “Pike,” is under investigation for what Vice President for Student Affairs Laura Boren referred to as “alleged acts of hazing.” Boren said NSU is working with Pike’s national headquarters to complete the investigation process. They plan to reach a resolution by the end of the month.
“Several variables are taken into consideration when determining if an organization’s operation needs to be suspended. The safety and well-being of students are the most important variables we consider,” said Boren in a prepared statement. “We do our best to be consistent in our response, while taking into consideration the uniqueness to each situation when making a decision related to discipline.”
Boren said the university had no further comment on the specific allegations.
One of NSU’s sororities, Alpha Sigma Alpha, was banned from campus for five calendar years this summer after an investigation into allegations of repeated hazing.
Director of Student Activities Chris Adney said, in a prepared statement, that when a complaint or report of violation dealing with a recognized student organization comes to Student Affairs, he or someone designated to do so “may choose to investigate the validity of the potential violation.” A conference will then be scheduled with organization representatives about the potential violations.
“A determination of responsibility will be made regarding the potential violations,” said Adney. “When responsibility is present, appropriate sanctions will be given out as deemed necessary.”
The Daily Press was unable to reach Pike International Offices. On the fraternity’s official website, Pi Kappa Alpha says it’s a national sponsor of HazingPrevention.org.
Hazing has also been addressed locally on the NSU campus. Students involved in Greek organizations were involved in National Hazing Prevention Week in September on campus, according to Helen Lahrman, NSU coordinator of Greek Life and Community Engagement. She said campus fraternities attended a talk Oct. 14 about the physiological reasons groups participate in hazing, and discussed ways to combat it.
Lahrman added that NSU Greek community members host over 20 philanthropic events for various causes and organizations.