ITHACA, N.Y. — Two Cornell University fraternities were moved to probation after being suspended for several weeks, officials said Wednesday.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., which was suspended April 18 and will be on probation “as a result of incidents determined to include causing a disturbance and failure to respect health and safety.”

The probation includes a requirement to regularly meet with the leadership of the Multicultural Greek Letter Council ” to make sure they are fulfilling the expectations of membership for MGLC chapters.”

Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity was suspended March 3 and is on a year-long probation “as a result of incidents determined to include hazing and alcohol consumption.”

The probationary status means that they will create a master plan that includes “anti-hazing education, a membership review, redeveloping components of the new member process, reaffirming their commitment to a live-in advisor, and increased oversight at social events.”

While under suspension, the fraternities could only operate as a dwelling.

The two fraternities are among five Greek life organizations that were suspended since the beginning of the year.

Two other fraternities, Sigma Phi Epsilon and Lambda Chi Alpha were also suspended this year. They were both placed on provisional recognition status for no less than a year.

Sorority Alpha Xi Delta was also suspended, though the status of the sorority is unknown. Joseph Burke, executive director of campus and community engagement, could not be reached by press time.

Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at jalmendarez@ithacavoice.com; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.