UPDATED: Pikes, Delts lose homecoming pairings

UPDATED: Pikes, Delts lose homecoming pairings

Tessa Duvall

The Interfraternity Council ruled last week that two fraternities will not have homecoming pairings following rush week violations.

Pi Kappa Alpha and Delta Tau Delta were found by the IFC Judicial Board to be in violation of the IFC bylaws and constitution for throwing rush parties where alcohol was present.

In letters sent to Pike President Derrick Stinnett and Delt President Tyler Goble from Kenneth Johnson, assistant director of Student Activities and Organizations, the two fraternities were found to be in violation of “organizing any party that is planned by or in name of an organization, regardless of whether or not active or alumni members from the organization are present at the party” and “organizing any event for potential new members where alcohol is present.”

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According to the IFC bylaws, these are major violations. These offenses, according to the letters provided to the Herald, will be punished with loss of homecoming pairings, one semester of social probation, one alcohol education workshop and the loss of the Reed Morgan tie-breaker.

For football homecoming each fall, fraternities and sororities are paired together to work on the float, participate in the parade and go to Big Red’s Roar. Pikes and Delts will no longer to be eligible for these events, Johnson said.

However, loss of homecoming pairings does not prohibit the fraternities from hosting alumni on campus.

At a closed-session judicial hearing last week, the IFC and the fraternities each gave their accounts of the events in question.

The Herald attempted to attend this hearing but was not permitted inside because it was a judicial hearing. Deborah Wilkins, chief of staff and general counsel, said because the IFC is not a state organization, open meetings laws do not apply.

However, the regularly scheduled IFC meetings are open.

Following a vote from the IFC delegates, Johnson had 72 hours to review the allegations before a final decision was made. Fraternities then had 48 hours to appeal.

Appeal hearings for both the Pikes and Delts will take place today and will be decided by a committee of faculty and staff, Johnson said.

Goble said while the Delts’ appeal to the IFC is still being processed, he would prefer to delay comment on the situation until after the appeals process is over.

Calls to Stinnett regarding Pike’s loss of homecoming pairings were not returned.