Fraternity chapter at University of Michigan suspended after semi-nude photos circulate online
Pi Kappa Alpha announced Tuesday it placed Ann Arbor school's Beta Tau chapter on suspension
A fraternity chapter at the University of Michigan has been suspended after semi-nude photos of men posing with U.S. flags as part of a party invitation circulated online.
Pi Kappa Alpha announced Tuesday it placed the Ann Arbor school's Beta Tau chapter on interim suspension.
One picture of a group of men and an accompanying email about a party appeared to be intended for members of a sorority.
Other photos showed individual men with smaller U.S. flags.
The Michigan Daily and AnnArbor.com report the Interfraternity Council is investigating.
The school's Office of Greek Life also is involved.
Statement from Beta Tau Chapter, Executive Vice President Justin A. Buck:
“The Supreme Council of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity has placed the Beta Tau Chapter at The University of Michigan on interim suspension, effective immediately, due to members displaying inappropriate and offensive photos as well as making claims which are in violation of Fraternity Standards.
I am thoroughly disappointed in the choices made by the Beta Tau Chapter members and regret any issues this has caused the Michigan Greek Community,” stated Executive Vice President Buck. Countless undergraduate and alumni members throughout our organization have contacted the office voicing their displeasure and the Fraternity is taking this situation very seriously. Pi Kappa Alpha does not condone this behavior, the image it portrays, or the claims which have been made by the Chapter.
Clearly, these actions are neither in line with Pi Kappa Alpha’s values nor those of The University of Michigan. The Fraternity’s staff is committed to working with the university and the Interfraternity Council to implement appropriate punitive and educational conditions for the chapter. Failure to comply with this indefinite suspension or the subsequent conditions may result in additional action, including charter suspension.”