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Pi Beta Phi Suspends Chapter at University of Nevada-Reno

Published On: 2013-01-21

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Eily Cummings
Pi Beta Phi Fraternity
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Pi Beta Phi Suspends Chapter at University of Nevada-Reno  

Reno, NV – January 21, 2013 – Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women’s Grand Council has suspended chapter operations at its Nevada Alpha Chapter at the University of Nevada-Reno. While the Nevada Alpha Chapter retains its charter, Pi Beta Phi will not have a campus presence effective immediately. The chapter will remain suspended until at least 2015.

Nevada Alpha has celebrated a 97 year history; however the recent years have been turbulent. In January 2012, the chapter was placed on Fraternity Probation in order to change the culture of the chapter and ensure it models Pi Beta Phi and University of Nevada values. A Probation Officer was assigned to work closely with the chapter and clear expectations were laid out for all members. On several occasions the chapter and its leadership opted not to follow these expectations, including failure to cooperate with an official Fraternity investigation. Other incidents reflected the chapter’s inability to appropriately address Pi Beta Phi’s concerns. 

“It is very much to the regret of Grand Council and the University of Nevada administration, the chapter did not live up to the values, expectations or follow Pi Beta Phi and the University of Nevada policies,” Grand President Mary Tatum said. “Pi Beta Phi has partnered closely with the University and both parties agree the suspension of the chapter’s charter is necessary.”

Nevada Alpha collegians living outside the chapter facility have been granted Undergraduate Alumna Status (UAS). Those living in the facility can opt out of their housing contract and be granted UAS or continue to live in the chapter facility and be granted UAS at the end of the semester. The chapter’s current New Members will not be initiated. Pi Beta Phi encourages all members enrolled at University of Nevada to continue the lifelong sisterhood and sincere friendships outside of the chapter setting. 

About Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women: Founded at Monmouth College in Illinois in 1867, Pi Beta Phi has 135 chapters and more than 300 alumnae organizations worldwide. 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®. Pi Beta Phi promotes friendship, develops women of intellect and integrity, cultivates leadership potential and enriches the lives of members and their communities. For more information, visit www.pibetaphi.org or follow Pi Phi on Twitter and Facebook.