Tau Kappa Epsilon is suspending its Indiana University chapter immediately because of violations of the fraternity’s bylaws.
TKE’s Grand Council unanimously voted to close the chapter until Fall 2021.
“The value of fraternity is being questioned daily and we are committed to both developing men at a high level and rooting out those with selfish intentions that are outside our mission,” TKE Chief Executive Officer Donald Aldrich says in a statement.
Indiana University says in a statement it launched its own investigation after learning of the alleged activity at the fraternity house.
“IU does not tolerate such behavior on campus, or in the course of any university activity, and will continue to work with the appropriate authorities and all members of the university community to stop it,” IU says in a statement.
The university says the investigation is ongoing.
TKE International says it will give fraternity members living in the house information about other housing options at IU.
IU’s Interfraternity Council voted in November to suspend social events involving alcohol and new member activities until Feb. 28. It’s unclear whether the violations at Tau Kappa Epsilon took place before that decision.
“This is an unfortunate moment for the Greek Community, but it is an isolated incident that does not define that Greek Community,” IFC President Jackson Laterza says in a statement. “Making sure these incidents are very rare is why IFC took the action to suspend social activities at our fraternities in November in an effort to re-examine efforts to create a sustainable and safe environment for all of our chapters.”
Several other fraternities at IU have faced disciplinary action because of their conduct over the past two years.