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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 29, 2004

UI Suspends Gamma Nu Fraternity Chapter

The University of Iowa Vice President for Student Services has suspended University recognition of the Gamma Nu chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.  This decision was based on an investigation that revealed alcohol had been provided to pledges at the chapter house following a pledge test Oct. 20. The investigation also revealed that some of the pledges had performed calisthenics as part of or following the test.

"The University of Iowa is committed to eradicating all forms of illegal alcohol use and inappropriate membership activities by the Greek community," said UI Vice President for Student Services and Dean of Students Phillip E. Jones. "We will remain steadfast in our educational efforts and judicial processes to ensure the safety of all UI students."

The university's decision to suspend Pi Kappa Alpha was made concurrently with the Supreme Council and staff of The Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity.  The International Fraternity's decision was in response to the chapter's violation of the Fraternity's Standards of Retention of Membership.

"Suspension means that the chapter may no longer operate in the name of Pi Kappa Alpha or in any way use the fraternity's names or derivatives, symbols, or signage to denote that the chapter is any way affiliated with the fraternity," according to Eric Wulf, executive director of The Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity.

Suspension of university recognition means that Pi Kappa Alpha is not eligible to participate in university programs or the Interfraternity Council activities and meetings. The suspension remains in effect until the fall semester of 2009.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Tom Baker, Associate Dean of Students, 319-335-3557; Program: Eric P. Wulf, Executive Director, The Pi Kappa Alpha International Fraternity 901-748-1868