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TKE suspended for five years

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Drexel University placed the Alpha Tau chapter of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity on a five-year suspension on May 23, an anonymous source told The Triangle.

The sanction is the result of two unregistered socials and alcohol violations to which the fraternity plead in violation. This means that the fraternity can only appeal the severity of the sanction, rather than their violation of the policies. The fraternity must appeal by June 2, if it chooses to do so.

“Suspension will result in the loss of privileges including, but not limited to, the use of campus facilities, participation in University activities, hosting and/or participating in events with alcohol, use of allocated funds, and sponsorship of official activities. Loss of privileges may also include recruitment and pledging activities,” Drexel’s 2016-2017 student handbook reads.

The suspension means that the fraternity must vacate its current house at 3421 Powelton Avenue by June 17.

According to the anonymous source, this suspension is completely unrelated to the recent allegations of sexual assault occurring at the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

Three alleged sexual assaults occurring at the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at 3421 Powelton Avenue were reported over the course of the last month. According to the Drexel University Crime Log, these incidents were reported on April 28, May 4, and May 18, and are classified as “Sex Offense-Rape – Forcible Rape,” “Sex Offense-Rape – Known Acquaintance,” and “Sex Offense-Rape – Forcible Rape,” respectively.

The incidents reported April 28 and May 4 are alleged to have occurred on the weekend of April 28. The third alleged sexual assault, while reported May 18, is reported to have occurred in 2016. More details can be found in the Crime Log.

According to the anonymous source, the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity was placed on interim suspension May 19 following allegations of hazing and alcohol violations. Lambda Chi Alpha was also placed on interim suspension in the mid 2000’s following hazing violations.

The Triangle will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.

UPDATE 5/25: Drexel University released an official statement May 25 to The Triangle. The statement, in its entirety, is printed below.

“The Alpha Tau Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity has been sanctioned through the University’s Student Conduct process for failure to comply with the University’s alcohol policy and regulations with a five-year suspension of recognition. The decision was made after considering the chapter’s risk management deficiencies. 

All privileges and benefits conferred by recognition have been suspended. As a result, Tau Kappa Epsilon must cease all operations, including sponsoring, co-sponsoring, or otherwise participating in any activities alone or with other organizations. The University is working in partnership with the fraternity’s alumni and International Headquarters during this period of transition.

Drexel values its fraternity and sorority community and recognizes the positive impact membership can have on the individual experiences of students and the esprit de corps of the University. It is unfortunate when any student organization loses recognition at the University.

This sanction is subject to appeal through the University Student Conduct Board.”

  • Trude Izowdare

    They were on Interim Suspension for 5 years from infractions in 2014. They decided to hold a party. At Drexel you have to “Register’ parties with Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life–Drexel forces the Frats to hire third party bartenders. They missed the deadline. They decided they’d go ahead with the ‘party’.
    By the way the party consisted of about 25-30 brothers and their dates. About 60 people in house that sleeps 40–not really a party in the true sense of a Frat Party. The Sexual Assaults were closed, then ‘un-closed’ after news outlets jumped on this. Neither one of the accused have been found guilty. One cases was actually dropped by the Philly PD.
    One thing is guaranteed on campus: YOU ARE GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT.
    The girl in the second incident sent the following text a brother on 5/10 after a storm of reporters: “what’s going on with ur frat lol”—is that the response of a girl who was sexually assaulted?
    One brother was physically assaulted by people calling him a rapist.
    K-Eight Millz (a girl) a Temple Student from Yardley writes on her FaceBook: “Hope you get hit by a bus f#@g%t” “That place should burn to the ground” and many other literary gems. Obviously, K-Eight is not in pre-law or a communications major; or member of the LGBTQ community. I guess having an IQ lingering around 50 is just enough power to enable you to use poor judgement on social media. Her parents are proud, I am sure.

  • Earl

    I heard from a brother that Drexel told TKE about assault case #1 – told them it was “closed” and to do nothing about it. And assault case #3 accusations on Crime Log says it allegedly occurred sometime “between September 1 – December 15th, 2016”. Seems to me that you shouldn’t be allowed to make an accusation unless you can specify the month in which it occurred….

  • Trude Izowdare

    That was an Alumnus Drexel told case number was closed. Fall Term is such a difficult time of the year to nail down specifics.. It’s not like the term begins with temps in the 80’s and ends with them in the teens. Nor, does it have major holidays: Labor Day, Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Nor does is season change drastic from summer to near winter….hmmm

  • Pete Hubert

    Hearing from alumni TKE’s alleged physical and sexual assaults, unregistered socials, and disrespectful behavior towards most of the university community has been going on for 10+ years. They have a nice house and seems to make them feel entitled.

    Regarding women not coming forward it is important to be understanding how intimidating it is for such women to do so when they likely live closeby and have to deal with backlash from the fraternity members.

  • Johnny Fry

    Now some real estate is freed up and could be used to create something that is not parasitic towards the community.