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Fraternity Investigation Nearing Completion

by on April 30, 2015 6:15 AM

Penn State hopes to have its investigation into the disturbing Kappa Delta Rho allegations wrapped up by next week.

Penn State spokesperson Lisa Powers says that the investigation is nearly complete, and that university police and office of student conduct staff have conducted “a large number of interviews.”

Penn State Vice-President for Student Affairs Damon Sims confirms the university is nearly ready to make an announcement. He met with student conduct staff and student leaders from the Interfraternity Council earlier this week, and says that IFC planned to begin reviewing a draft of the final report on Wednesday.

“The IFC executives seemed to believe that their process could be completed before the semester ends,” Sims says in an email. “We should know then whether additional disciplinary action will be taken against [Kappa Delta Rho].”

Sims says that any disciplinary measures taken against individual KDR members will not be made public to avoid violation of federal privacy laws. 

Penn State President Eric Barron also tells StateCollege.com the university will continue its commitment to transparency on this issue, and that the results of the investigation will be made public as soon as possible. However, he also says that the university is still waiting on additional information from State College police.

KDR first made national headlines last month, after police revealed allegations that some members had posted photos of drug use and nude, unconscious women on a private Facebook page. It was reportedly the second such page to host possibly illegal images, and had over 140 members.

Responses to the allegations were swift and fierce.

Numerous protests have rippled across Penn State and State College. The national Kappa Delta Rho organization suspended the Penn State chapter. Barron announced the university’s investigation into the allegations, and he also created a new task force to review Greek life as a whole.

State College police are still investigating the allegations, and have told StateCollege.com that members could potentially be charged with misdemeanor harassment, invasion of privacy and/or dissemination of intimate images (commonly known as “revenge porn”).

State College police representatives could not be reached for an update on the status of their investigation.

 

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Michael Martin Garrett is a reporter and editor for StateCollege.com who covers local government, the courts, the arts and writes the Keeping the Faith column. He's a Penn State alumnus, a published poet and the bassist in a local indie rock band.
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