A fraternity at Penn State University has been suspended as authorities investigate allegations that members of the group maintained a private Facebook page where they allegedly posted photos of partially naked women, hazing and drugs.
According to WJAC-TV 6 News, an NBC affiliate in west-central Pennsylvania, police said a victim discovered the Web site, which appeared to be linked to the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity and had photographs of partially clothed women who were asleep or passed out.
Police printed out pages from the site, but according to a search warrant obtained by WJAC-TV, computers belonging to members and the Facebook site had been wiped of the images.
In a statement, Joseph S. Rosenberg, the executive director of the fraternity, said fraternity leaders immediately examined the facts when learning of the allegations, suspended the chapter for the rest of the year and are “conducting a full membership review and reorganization.”
“Kappa Delta Rho stands for the values of contributing to our campus and broader communities, enhancing the character of our members, and respecting the rights of all who interact with our fraternity through any of our chapters,” Rosenberg said in the statement.
The fraternity plans to cooperate fully with law enforcement agencies and with Penn State’s investigation and disciplinary procedures.
“Upon the completion of that investigation, we will evaluate these further findings and make a decision regarding the Penn State chapter that is appropriate for all parties,” the fraternity said. “The national leadership of Kappa Delta Rho is committed to hold our brothers accountable for their actions. We embrace the principle of respect for all persons and we will adhere to that principle in this matter.”
The Penn State allegations come amid other investigations into inappropriate conduct among members of fraternities at the University of Oklahoma and at the University of Maryland in recent days.
In Oklahoma, members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon were caught on video singing a racist song on a bus, leading to the fraternity’s suspension and the expulsion of two students. At the U-Md., school officials are investigating a private e-mail between members of the Kappa Sigma fraternity — that dates to early 2014 but surfaced in recent days — that included racist and sexist comments.