Delta Iota Chapter at Florida A&M University Loses CharterPosted on 5/14/2012
As noted in a statement Kappa Kappa Psi National Honorary Fraternity released on January 30, 2012, the National Leadership was alerted to a situation that might have been a violation of Fraternity policy on Saturday, January 28th, 2012 through an article that appeared in the Tallahassee Democrat. The Fraternity responded immediately as noted in a statement issued by the Fraternity on January 30th, 2012. It was determined that the situation occurred during the spring 2010 semester and involved the Delta Iota chapter at Florida A & M University.
Following that report, the National Council of the Fraternity organized an investigation into the situation that was consistent with the policies and procedures of the Fraternity. The Fraternity was subsequently asked to hold off on its investigation by a representative of Florida A & M because of a police investigation that was being organized. We chose to honor that request but placed the Delta Iota chapter on Investigative Hold until we could complete our investigation. While on Investigative Hold a chapter many not operate on any level without approval of local and national supervision.
On March 28, 2012, the Tallahassee Police Department concluded its investigation and released its findings. Following the completion of that investigation, Kappa Kappa Psi went forward with its investigation that had been held pending the completion of the police work.
As a result of this investigation and the incident that occurred in spring of 2010, the National Council has voted to remove the Delta Iota Chapter at Florida A&M University from the roster of active chapters of Kappa Kappa Psi. The Delta Iota chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi will be closed for a period of at least five years or until May, 3 2017. This decision was based primarily upon hazing activities that occurred as well as other related issues including a failure to follow policies of the national organization and uncertainty of the future leadership and direction of the University and the Music Department. All undergraduate members of Delta Iota chapter in the spring semester of 2010 have been expelled. All prospective members--those in the joining process--during the spring semester of 2010 have been expelled. Any members of the Fraternity including alumnus members who were present at the incident that led to the investigation and sanctions have been expelled. A total of 28 individuals have been expelled from Kappa Kappa Psi. Any current dues paying student members of Delta Iota chapter who were not members during the spring, 2010 semester have been placed on Alumni status with Kappa Kappa Psi Fraternity. As alumnus members they may not participate in any undergraduate chapter event or activity at Florida A&M University since the Delta Iota Chapter is no longer active. Any violation of this status will result in expulsion from the Fraternity.
The mission statement of Kappa Kappa Psi states, Kappa Kappa Psi is a fraternal organization that promotes the advancement of college and university bands through dedicated service and support to bands; comprehensive education; leadership opportunities; and recognition; for the benefit of its members and society. Hazing is not in line with our mission, ritual or values and is simply against the law. We steadfastly advocate and support the removal of hazing practices from college bands and society. For more information on the Kappa Kappa Psi National Policy on hazing please visit http://www.kkpsi.org/policies.asp.
Founded in 1919 at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma, Kappa Kappa Psi is the leading fraternity solely dedicated to supporting and developing college and university band programs. Kappa Kappa Psi has affiliation with over 210 college and university campuses across the United States of America. Guided by our values, mission and ritual, Kappa Kappa Psi is purposefully working towards our vision; With a dedicated spirit of unity and cooperation, we are unequivocally committed to become the world standard of excellence for band fraternal organizations. Collectively, Kappa Kappa Psi members are inspiring one another and all college band members to Strive for the Highest.
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