February 27, 2018: Oxford, Ohio—The Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity closed its Gamma Lambda chapter at Central Michigan University in December, 2017.
Following an investigation of allegations including alcohol abuse, a pattern of misconduct and hazing, the National Council made the decision 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 an investigation in the Fall of 2017 that this chapter was no longer providing a quality fraternal experience for men who seek to better themselves through involvement with Greek life.
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.
“The fraternity will continue to hold all of its members and chapters accountable for actions that are not consistent with our brand and values,” stated Wm. Tim Hudson, Chief Executive Officer. “I believe the National Council 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 Central Michigan University and to a successful return to the campus in the future.”
Throughout it’s nearly 55 years of operations, the Gamma Lambda 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 95 active groups—86 chapters and 9 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 Lambda Chapter
Founded in 1965 at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, the Gamma Lambda chapter has served close to 600 initiates throughout the past 53 years.