UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Penn State has suspended the Alpha Psi Chapter of Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity, a member of the Interfraternity Council, through summer 2024 for allegations of misconduct related to hazing.
The University’s Office of Student Conduct and Sigma Tau Gamma National Headquarters launched a joint investigation after receiving allegations of hazing during the new member education process, as well as allegations involving furnishing alcohol to students under the age of 21 and violations of University regulations regarding their recruitment practices. Penn State recommended the suspension and the national organization revoked the chapter’s charter on Sept. 28, following an appeals process with the national organization.
The suspension means the fraternity loses all privileges as a recognized student organization. The organization may not participate, attend or organize any functions, activities or events, or participate in University-wide events as an organization.
Hazing is illegal and is not acceptable behavior for any student group at Penn State. When Penn State is alerted to allegations of hazing, the University takes immediate action to investigate.
“Hazing in any form must become unacceptable to all of us,” said Damon Sims, vice president for Student Affairs. “Until all of our students demonstrate an understanding of that simple truth, we will offer educational programming to prevent them from hazing and aggressively respond in every instance where they do.”
Reform measures adopted by Penn State in 2017, and still in effect, are aimed at improving student safety and success in the context of the University’s fraternity and sorority community. The reforms focus on alcohol misuse, hazing, sexual assault and overly large disruptive gatherings. The University remains focused on student safety and well-being and will continue to hold accountable any individuals or student organizations that put others at risk.
In addition to Penn State’s initiatives, Pennsylvania’s Timothy J. Piazza Anti-Hazing Law, which was signed into law in October 2018, establishes a tiered penalty system for hazing in the commonwealth. All organizations whose members are primarily students are subject to the law that establishes stricter punishments for hazing; classifies new types of hazing; and holds both individuals and organizations accountable for hazing. In addition, the statute provides immunity for individuals in need of medical assistance as a result of hazing or underage alcohol consumption, as well as for those who seek help for others.