UT fraternity's registration revoked, members may face charges

UT fraternity's registration revoked, members may face charges after hazing allegations

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The University of Tennessee took steps Monday to revoke Pi Kappa Phi's registration following hazing allegations. The University of Tennessee took steps Monday to revoke Pi Kappa Phi's registration following hazing allegations.

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - The University of Tennessee took steps Monday to revoke Pi Kappa Phi's registration following the decision by the fraternity's national office to close the chapter due to hazing allegations.

The national office of Pi Kappa Phi notified the UT chapter Friday of its decision, saying "members were unable to abide by the fraternity's standards of conduct."

Fraternity members were told they can remain in the fraternity house through finals, but must find alternative housing for the spring semester.

Pi Kappa Phi began the fall semester on disciplinary probation for hazing that allegedly happened in spring 2013 and placed new members under "emotional distress and physical discomfort" according to a release from the university.

New hazing allegations came to light in fall. UT Student Life and UT Police investigated. Within the week, students cooperating with the investigation reported being harassed by fraternity members as a result.

UT Student Life told the fraternity's national office about the new allegations, which resulted in the national office's decision to close the chapter.

The investigation is continuing and individual fraternity members could face criminal charges and disciplinary action.

The chapter cannot recolonize at UT until August 2017.

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