Another NC State fraternity suspended from campus

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Friday, March 20, 2015
Another NC State fraternity suspended from campus
North Carolina State University's Pi Kappa Phi chapter has been suspended after being linked to an inappropriate book.

RALEIGH (WTVD) -- Another North Carolina State University fraternity has been suspended from campus amid an investigation.

NC State placed its Pi Kappa Phi chapter on interim suspension Thursday night after learning about offensive comments found in an apparent pledge book that was found at a restaurant near campus.

The student whistleblower who alerted the university posted a photo of herself on social media copying pages of the green journal that allegedly belongs to the fraternity before turning it over to school officials.

The book contained racially and sexually charged remarks and derogatory comments about women.

The Charlotte-based fraternity's CEO Mark Timmes said in a statement that the comments are offensive.

"These statements are inconsistent with the values of Pi Kappa Phi and will not be tolerated," he said. "We have instructed our students to cooperate fully with all investigation efforts."

The university said it obtained the book Friday morning and is conducting interviews to determine who's responsible.

"NC State is committed to a thorough investigation and appropriate actions while also ensuring due process for all involved," the statement read.

Vice Chancellor for Academic and Students Affairs and Dean of Students Dr. Mike Mullen said the university "does not condone intolerant behaviors directed at any members of the community."

"The content in the book that surfaced Thursday night is deeply troubling," Mullen said in part in a statement. "The university is working swiftly to determine who is responsible. NC State must hold as a core value a respect for diversity in all its forms and strive to maintain an environment where everyone feels safe, respected and valued."

The fraternity is suspended pending the outcome of an internal investigation and an university investigation.

Late Friday afternoon, NC State released the following statement: "In response to national issues and recent allegations of inappropriate behaviors among some fraternity members, NC State University in collaboration with its student-run Interfraternity Council today implemented a temporary cessation of all social activities including alcohol for the university's IFC fraternity community."

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