BOCA RATON, FL (BocaNewsNow.com) — BocaNewsNow.com was first to tell you that the Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office was investigating the alleged assault of a young man by brothers of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.
The incident happened at the Oasis night club, which is off campus. The victim claimed that several active members of the fraternity punched him repeatedly after he told the fraternity's president that he was no longer interested in pledging the group.
The fraternity was suspended by Florida Atlantic University during the investigation.
Pi Kappa Alpha just issued the following statement from the Fraternity's Morgan Allen:
On the night of February 21st, 2013, an altercation occurred at Oasis Nightclub between members of Pi Kappa Alpha and a former new member.
After a parallel investigation by the Dean of Students of Florida Atlantic University and the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, the members responsible for the altercation were tried and sanctioned by the Office of Dean Of Students as well as Pi Kappa Alpha.
Pi Kappa Alpha is not a hazing fraternity and does not tolerate such actions towards it new members. We took immediate action with suspension of membership while the investigation was on going. After an internal judicial process, the members responsible for this altercation were sanctioned by Pi Kappa Alpha by means of expulsion. They are no longer allowed to participate with the undergraduate chapter as well as the alumni.
I strongly hope every Greek Organization in Florida Atlantic University's Fraternity and Sorority Life community may learn from this and be a reminder hazing will not and should not be tolerated in our community for it is not proper ethically or morally.
The Lambda Beta Chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha is looking forward to giving a presentation on hazing and risk management to the entire Fraternity and Sorority Life community next semester during Hazing Prevention Week.