May 14, 2012

(Tallahassee) -- The Florida A&M chapter of the national Kappa Kappa Psi band fraternity will be closed for at least five years.

A notice posted on the organization’s website today says the decision to remove until at least May 3, 2017, the Delta Iota Chapter as an active chapter was based on hazing activities, failure to follow fraternity polices and the uncertain future of the band and FAMU’s music department.

In addition to closing the chapter, the organization expelled 28 members, including all those who were undergraduates or pledging during the spring of 2010. A Tallassee police investigation concluded in March implicated two FAMU band staff members as being involved in the hazing of Kappa Kappa Psi pledges during that time. The fraternity conducted its own investigation after the police report was complete.

The fraternity’s statement said current members of the Delta Iota chapter who were not members during the spring 2010 semester have been placed on “alumni status” and may not participate in any undergraduate chapter event or activity at FAMU because the chapter is no longer active.

FAMU’s Board of Trustees is holding a conference call at 11 a.m. to discuss the future of the band.



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