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National organization of Tau Kappa Epsilon revokes its IU charter


The IU chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon will be suspended until 2021. IU is currently launching its own investigation into the TKE house.  Matthieu Picard Buy Photos

The IU chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon was suspended for violations of their constitution and bylaws through a unanimous vote from TKE’s Grand Council on Thursday, according to a TKE press release.

The suspension forces TKE to “cease all operations” and activities for three years, according to the release.

"We will not tolerate members whose actions do not represent the values and principles of Tau Kappa Epsilon," TKE Chief Executive Officer Donald E. Aldrich said in a release from their national organization. "The value of fraternity is being questioned daily and we are committed to both developing men at a high level and rooting out those with selfish intentions that are outside our mission. We believe this action is warranted as we uphold our standards and strive each day to build Better Men for a Better World."

TKE members currently living inside their house will be given information about other housing options soon, according to the release.

The IU Gamma-Kappa chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon was founded on April 16, 1950.

IU worked with TKE as part of a joint investigation into the violations, according to the release. 

The University, in its own statement, said, "IU does not tolerate such behavior on campus, or in the course of any university activity."

Jackson Laterza, president of the IU Interfraternity Council, also issued a statement ensuring people moments like these are rare, and IFC is committed to creating a safe environment on campus.

"This is an unfortunate moment for the Greek Community, but it is an isolated incident that does not define that Greek Community," Laterza said in a statement.

This story will be updated if more information becomes available. 

Dominick Jean

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