August 11, 2014
A fraternity that was suspended for two years is back after only a few months. Pi Kappa Alpha was kicked off UVa. Grounds amid allegations of hazing last April.
Founded in the 1800's, they are one of the longest running fraternities at the University of Virginia. Last spring it looked like that that long history could be coming to an end.
Now, at the Pi Kappa Alpha house, it doesn't look like a fraternity kicked off Grounds. Workers spent the day doing construction and painting the walls. Students aren't scheduled to start coming back for a few days.
But they weren't supposed to have a fraternity house to come back to - after having its charter pulled just last April. Fraternity agreements were cut for Pi Kappa Alpha and Sigma Nu after an investigation into possible hazing incidents during new member education.
When the word came down from the University of Virginia, it was said neither fraternity could reapply until May of 2016.
Universities have cracked down on hazing in recent years after several high profile deaths.
A spokesman for Pi Kappa Alpha's national chapter said they sent people down from the national chapter five times to deal with issues and help with hazing prevention.
But not long after the school decided to cut off their charter the national chapter followed suit.
When they were first kicked off, the university offered them the chance to correct the problems and make major changes, but they failed to get it done in time.
Now the dean of student’s office says the fraternity has put out a satisfying proposal to be reinstated.
So just a few months later, they are gearing up for a new year and a new pledge class.
CBS19 also reached out the national chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha this morning for a comment but we still have not heard back from them.
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