Statement on investigation of Penn State chapter of Kappa Delta Rho fraternity

State College (Pa.) Police and Penn State administrators continue to investigate the reports surrounding Kappa Delta Rho (KDR) fraternity. The Penn State Interfraternity Council, to which KDR belongs, has suspended the chapter's activities. Following suspension of the chapter by the Interfraternity Council on March 3, the national KDR fraternity has announced the local chapter will be suspended for one year and will be reorganized. This means that all chapter social and related activities are suspended. This action is being taken in response to the chapter allegedly hosting private Facebook pages where highly inappropriate photographs were posted of activities and events that are in direct violation of the standards and values of a recognized student organization at Penn State. The evidence offered by the Facebook postings is appalling, offensive and inconsistent with the University community's values and expectations.

We are confident that the various investigative and review processes, both internal and external to the University, will determine responsibility in this case. The University will hold accountable any groups and individuals found responsible. Discipline and accountability for Penn State's fraternities can occur on several levels since these are private organizations. Such investigations are conducted in partnership with fraternity nationals, chapter alumni boards, and the Penn State Interfraternity Council, as well as local law enforcement. If there are students or others who have information about this situation or feel that they have been victims associated with this matter, they are encouraged to contact the Penn State Office of Student Conduct at 814-863-0342 or the State College Police Department 814-234-7150 as soon as possible.

Damon SimsVice President for Student AffairsPenn State

Last Updated March 24, 2015