NC State fraternity disbanded over offensive notebook

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Posted: Mar 25, 2015 5:17 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State University disbanded a fraternity chapter Wednesday following the discovery of a notebook filled with sexist and racially offensive entries in a restaurant off campus.

The punishment comes amid recent cases of bad behavior at the University of Oklahoma, Penn State and other schools put fraternities in the national spotlight.

University Chancellor Randy Woodson announced that the Tau Chapter of the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity was disbanded, effective immediately. The fraternity was ordered to immediately vacate its on-campus house.

"I hope today's action makes it clear that there is no place for intolerance, sexism and racism at N.C. State," Woodson said. "I know the poor behaviors we've seen recently by a few in no way represent the strong character and values of our larger student body. N.C. State will work hard to ensure these outlying actions never become accepted or tolerated at our university."

Woodson's announcement comes one week after the notebook containing sexist and racist remarks attributed to Pi Kappa Phi fraternity members was found at a restaurant near campus. The book and its contents were then featured by a local television station.

A different N.C. State fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega, was suspended earlier this month after details of drug paraphernalia seized from its house surfaced in a search warrant related to a sexual assault allegation.

N.C. State responded by temporarily suspending all social events involving alcohol for more than 20 fraternities on campus.

Woodson also called Wednesday for a "thorough review" of the university's Greek system. The review will assess whether fraternities and sororities are meeting the core values and high behavioral standards of the university, and will focus on a range of issues including sexual misconduct, substance abuse, and diversity and inclusion.

Pi Kappa Phi accepted Wednesday's punishment and may be allowed to return to campus with new membership in 2018.

"We appreciate the support and collaboration with the N.C. State administration," said Mark E. Timmes, the chief executive of Pi Kappa Phi. "Together, we acted quickly to address this situation and reaffirm our commitment to maintaining an environment where everyone feels safe, respected, and valued."

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