Statement from William Watkins, Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), Regarding Termination of All New Member Pledge Activity
I am dismayed to report that CSUN has learned of a new instance of possible hazing in connection with new member pledge activities at a university fraternity. As a result, effective immediately, all fraternities and sororities must terminate all pledging activities. Chapters that continue pledge activities will be immediately suspended and subject to proceedings for removal of university recognition.
The fraternity involved in the alleged hazing incident, Pi Kappa Alpha, has been placed on interim suspension by the university. Its members will not be permitted to engage in any chapter activities pending the outcome of the university’s criminal and administrative investigations, which are yet to be completed. Pi Kappa Alpha also has been placed on administrative suspension by its national headquarters.
CSUN takes hazing allegations extremely seriously, and we are deeply committed to protecting the health and safety of all students.
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