May 7, 2018: Oxford, Ohio—The Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity has closed its Gamma Eta chapter at East Carolina University effective immediately.
Following an investigation of allegations into the drug-related arrests of five members, patterns of misconduct and violations of multiple risk management policies, the National Council decided to render the highest penalty which is a suspension of the chapter’s charter (closure of the chapter’s undergraduate operations). It became evident after the investigation that the chapter was not providing a quality fraternal experience.
Phi Kappa Tau takes very seriously any activity where its members or chapters are not in line with our commitment to being Men of Distinction. While it is painful to close a chapter, it is imperative to uphold our strong values and ideals. With this commitment in mind, the National Council took this action.
“It is very disappointing to see a chapter that has strayed from our mission of providing brotherhood, learning, ethical leadership and exemplary character” stated Wm. Tim Hudson, Chief Executive Officer. “The National Council has sent a clear message that the actions uncovered in the investigation are not permitted within our Fraternity. We look forward to continuing our partnership with East Carolina University who is supportive of this action.”
Throughout its 56 years of operations, the Gamma Eta chapter has produced numerous successful alumni members who have made significant contributions to their community.
About Phi Kappa Tau
Founded in 1906 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Phi Kappa Tau is a national fraternity that focuses on developing men of character into men of distinction. Currently, the Fraternity has 92 active groups—84 chapters and 8 colonies, or student organizations in the final stages of being installed as a chartered chapter—with more than 4,750 undergraduates in the United States and has served over 97,000 initiates throughout the past 112 years. Learn more at phikappatau.org.
About Gamma Eta Chapter
Founded in 1962 at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, the Gamma Eta chapter has served over 750 initiates throughout the past 56 years.