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Statement Regarding the Kappa Chapter at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

By March 25, 2015Media Statements

The Chi Phi National Fraternity is aware of the recent incident involving its Kappa Chapter at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. We condemn hazing of any kind and in no way condone behavior that does not align with our mission and values. The alleged incident associated with this Chapter is not a component of our National Ritual, and the two should not be linked.

In addition, individual statements made by some of our members do not reflect the position of the Chi Phi Fraternity. As such, we support the University’s decision to suspend the Chapter and terminate its status as a recognized organization on campus. Our values are based on truth, honor, and personal integrity, and we expect our members, both active and Alumni, to uphold these values in every aspect of their lives.


April 1, 2015 Update

In accordance with the Chi Phi Constitution, Article IX, Section 7, I: The Grand Council has the authority to “suspend the charter of any active Chapter for violation of any of the Fraternity’s laws.  The suspension of a charter may be made only by the unanimous vote of the entire Grand Council and shall be in effect only until the convening of a Court of the Grand Council.” The Grand Council met Friday, March 27, 2015, and voted unanimously to suspend the Charter of the Kappa Chapter. The Chapter will receive a notice to appear before the Court of the Grand Council which will be held June 19, 2015, at the Hilton San Francisco Financial District in San Francisco, California.


Due to the immediate suspension placed on the Chapter, all recognition as an active entity of the Chi Phi Fraternity is withdrawn and all operations of the Chapter must cease immediately. The Chapter should no longer represent itself as an entity of the Chi Phi Fraternity. As such, any social media including websites, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. should be closed immediately. All Chi Phi letters on the house must be removed within the next ten (10) days. No new members may be recruited to join the Chapter or be initiated into the Fraternity. Chapter members must also refrain from collectively using the Fraternity’s names and/or symbols.