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Pennsylvania Beta Chapter to Close in June 2013

Published On: 2013-06-04

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Eily Cummings
Pi Beta Phi Fraternity
Marketing & Communications Director
(636) 256–0680, Extension 735

Pi Beta Phi Pennsylvania Beta Chapter to Close in June 2013  

St. Louis, MO – June 4, 2013 – Pi Beta Phi Fraternity’s Grand Council unanimously voted to close its Pennsylvania Beta Chapter, located at Bucknell University. Many factors led to this decision, but most importantly the decision was made because the chapter participated in unsanctioned recruitment and membership activities, which are in direct violation with the expectations of a suspended chapter. Not only, is this a serious matter for Pi Beta Phi, but for Bucknell University’s fraternity and sorority community as well.

Pi Phi’s Pennsylvania Beta Chapter was suspended last summer, because of Pi Beta Phi’s policy violations and University sanctions. All of the current chapter members were granted alumna status at that time. Pi Beta Phi leadership was clear in setting the expectations for those members that the chapter was not to operate in any formal or informal manner. Those expectations are not being met.

“Bucknell University provides excellent academic and personal growth to its students,” Grand President Mary Tatum said. “However, we hold all of our chapters to the same values and expectations; and we will not tolerate chapters that do not operate within Fraternity policies. It is never easy to close a chapter, especially one with the history of Pennsylvania Beta.” The Pennsylvania Beta Chapter is 118 years old and has several dedicated and passionate alumnae, including Pi Beta Phi’s Grand President Emerita Jean Scott.

About Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women: Founded at Monmouth College in Illinois in 1867, Pi Beta Phi has 136 chapters and more than 300 alumnae organizations worldwide. Pi Beta Phi promotes friendship, develops women of intellect and integrity, cultivates leadership potential and enriches the lives of members and their communities. The Fraternity leads the way to a more literate society through its Read. Lead. Achieve.® literacy initiatives, including its reading enrichment program Champions are Readers®, its Canadian philanthropy Arrow in the Arctic and its partnership with First Book®. The Literacy Fund at Pi Beta Phi Foundation supports all of these engaging literacy initiatives. For more information, visit www.pibetaphi.org or follow Pi Phi on Twitter and Facebook.