August 30, 2012: Oxford,Ohio—Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity, Inc., headquartered in Oxford, Ohio, has investigated recent events regarding its Miami University chapter in Oxford, involving a police investigation at the chapter facility.
The investigation thus far conducted by the Fraternity reveals inaccuracies in statements as reported in the media.
The Fraternity’s investigation reveals that student members of the Fraternity cooperated with the police, and that they have cooperated with the university.
According to the Fraternity’s investigation, and contrary to media reports, the chapter facility did not have the majority of the items that the media reported being seized by police. What was found in the chapter facility involved two and maybe up to four individuals, while the chapter (consisting of 80+ members) and its officers had no knowledge of or involvement in the possession or use of any illegal substances. The involved students are being held accountable for their actions and have or will face disciplinary action.
The Fraternity shares the concern of the university for the importance of student safety and providing living environments that are conducive to student learning and development.
University actions resulted in basically all residents of the chapter facility having to vacate their chosen place of residence immediately. The university has maintained this position despite numerous good faith attempts by Phi Kappa Tau to collaborate on the incident. The recently filed legal action challenges the university’s action because it is believed that it was taken before the facts could be fully addressed, was not supported by the facts, was not made in accordance with due process principles, and unnecessarily disrupts the lives of students who have no fault in the matter.
Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity has and will continue to act in cooperation with the university, the authorities, and involved parents and students.
Founded in 1906 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Phi Kappa Tau is a national fraternity that fosters three core ideals within its membership: learning, leading and serving. Currently, the Fraternity has more than 90,000 members and 86 active collegiate groups–78 chapters and 8 colonies, or student organizations in the final stages of being installed as a chartered chapter.
The mission of Phi Kappa Tau is to champion a lifelong commitment to brotherhood, learning, ethical leadership and exemplary character.