FIU's Pi Kappa Alpha Frat Suspended Over Facebook Posts About Drug Dealing, Hazing, and Creep Shots
The posts, obtained by Riptide, also show evidence of hazing, cheating on exams, and creep shots of naked women shared among the "Pike" frat brothers.
"Earlier this week, the University was made aware of Facebook postings which appear to be linked to the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity Kappa Gamma chapter and members of the fraternity," an FIU spokeswoman said. "The university is taking this information very seriously because it suggests possible Student Code of Conduct violations. The university took prompt action and placed the fraternity on interim suspension pending the outcome of investigations by appropriate university departments, including the police."
Riptide left repeated messages with Pi Kappa Alpha's national organization Wednesday, but they have not yet been returned. We will update as soon as we hear from the fraternity.
Update: Pi Kappa Alpha's national organization sent Riptide a statement: "The International Fraternity had no previous knowledge of this Facebook group and was informed of its existence on Tuesday, August 20, 2013. The International Fraternity has been assured of the chapter's full compliance with the temporary suspension and subsequent investigation."
Photos of the Facebook posts became public on Tuesday, when someone -- it isn't clear who or why -- sent them to school officials and the presidents of other FIU fraternities and sororities in an email titled "fiu pikes caught hazing and more." They were also sent to New Times.
The email contained nearly 70 screenshots pulled from Pi Kappa Alpha's "active page," a website used like a message board for frat brothers. The fraternity has reportedly deleted the page since then.
The photos have nonetheless landed like a bombshell on campus.
"This is troubling for a number of reasons," said one veteran member of the FIU Greek community who asked to remain anonymous. "They were apparently actively selling drugs to the Greek community and their own members. They were not even discreet about what they were doing. In fact, they refer to it on several occasions within the post as the 'pike pharmacy.'"
"This is definitely not the way a frat is supposed to behave," said the frat community insider, pointing out that the Pikes -- one of only two frat houses on campus -- were only recently taken off suspension.
He was keen to argue that the Facebook postings are not representative of all frats at FIU. "Some of these posts, it's obviously boys being boys. They should be looked at in some context," he said. "But the evidence of drug use and sale and distribution of narcotics speaks for itself."