FIU's Pi Kappa Alpha Frat Brothers Won't Face Academic Discipline Either

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Despite Facebook posts such as this one, FIU's Pikes will not face academic or criminal punishment.
Like many Miamians, you probably read our August 21 story about FIU frat brothers openly selling drugs on Facebook and thought to yourself: Those guys are f---ed.

Al contrario, mi amigo. This is Florida, where bad deeds go unpunished all the time and state law practically encourages people to shoot one another.

So it should be no surprise that -- just a week after FIU cops announced they had closed their investigation into Pi Kappa Alpha without any arrests -- those same frat brothers have now escaped academic punishment as well.

See also: FIU's Pi Kappa Alpha Frat Suspended Over Facebook Posts About Drug Dealing, Hazing, and Creep Shots

After weeks of phone calls and emails to FIU administrators, New Times finally received a response yesterday.

"We are confident that the police investigation was thorough, and had evidence of a crime been determined, we would have supported the arrest and prosecution of any FIU students or others allegedly involved in committing crimes associated with the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity matter," FIU Vice President Larry Lunsford said in an emailed statement.

"No academic charges can be placed against students from the fraternity because none of the allegations against the individuals were of an academic nature, but fall under our non-academic student behavior Code of Conduct," he continued. "Violations of the Student Code of Conduct are adjudicated by the office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. Actions by this office are confidential by federal law."

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In other words, FIU Pikes will not face criminal or academic punishment but could still be disciplined for violating student conduct. However, the university refuses to say whether it has expelled or suspended any students for conduct violations.

Several current and former FIU students told Riptide they were angry nothing was being done over the Pike scandal, in which frat brothers posted messages on Facebook that appeared to show rampant drug dealing, hazing, and sharing of nude photos of one another's girlfriends.

"FIU has its own police department," said one veteran of FIU's Greek community. "Do you really think they want to go down that rabbit hole? Especially when they didn't stumble onto the problem themselves but had it brought to their attention so embarrassingly?"

"They are all just basically sweeping it under the rug," echoed a sorority girl attending the school. "It's awful."

She said FIU could not be trusted to punish Pikes when the frat's alumni donate heavily to the school.

"We should be standing united against abuses like these, not standing united to protect these guys," she said. "But money talks, shit walks. That's how I feel. FIU is all about money. When President Rosenberg is giving out graduation speeches, he's basically already asking for donations.

"This just shows that if you throw enough money at the school, you can make anything happen," she said.

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hateisawesome
hateisawesome

Wow typical bull shit that happens in any part of florida. Greek life should be banned from the country. They are all fuck ups and degenerates. At least this news wasn't about stetson university where professors/staff have been joined students in this type of stuff.

thevenatic
thevenatic

Stop being so but hurt you losers. Rush pike, were basically on campus again, its even better because now we dont have to follow campus lifes dump rules and all the girls want to know who the famous FIU PIKES.... TY to the sorry fuck who does seem to realise that you cant stop the greatest fraternity in the world!!

proudfiualumni
proudfiualumni

Let me enlighten those who probably have never had the capacity to read through the FIU Code of Conduct. The FIU Code of Conduct is a set of rules/guidelines set by the university which states the standards students are expected to uphold while attending FIU. The rules cover anything from alcohol consumption on campus to academic behavior.  

A student that breaks a rule in the Student Code of Conduct, is caught doing it and reported is sent to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. The office is a pseudo court which holds "somewhat" of a trail to determine if you are guilty and if found guilty sets your punishment. Students cannot be expelled from the university on the whim of an administrator, but must go through this office. It guarantees a student due process.

So fiujr013, please do not begin with this conspiracy theory crap and involve Dr. Lunsford when he has no control over the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution. His statements where factual and unbiased.

-FIU Alumni and Former Member of Student Conduct Committee

fiujr013
fiujr013

Hmm, I wonder which frat the FIU Vice President Larry Lunsford is in... oh wait that's right he's a Pike alumnus himself. I'm not surprised the Pikes were let off the hook when one of the main people in FIU's administration is one of their brothers!

juangonzalezlaw
juangonzalezlaw

What is written on Facebook and what is actually done are two different things.  After the investigation has uncoverered no wrong doing by the Pikes, maybe an apology is owed to them by the university and the yellow journalist who defamed them.  As for the publishing of pictures, the PIkes didn't publish those pictures: it was the hacker who stole them and YOUR NEWSPAPER who published them.  I believe federal and state law both prohibit the stealing of people's private pictures and publishing them for the public to see.  The Pikes should be allowed to return to their house and should be reinstated on campus as they have obviously comitted no crime-- academic or otherwise.  Your publication should show some class and admit that you screwed up the story and wrongfully stained the reputation of college students. 

John Perez
John Perez

FIU probably doesn't want to get itself involved in A negligence case by subtly admitting that the students did anything.

Chris Stevenson
Chris Stevenson

I love how the a quarter of this article is based on something an unnamed "sorority girl" said. Great journalism lol.

Michael del Vice
Michael del Vice

Michael Miller must have been a pike reject....glad to see him working hard on his agenda.

John Viera
John Viera

Sex and drugs in a college frat? How dare they! C'mon folks. You sound like old losers.

Christie Ewell
Christie Ewell

Ugh. Way to stay in the 19th century there, FIU.

cobaltblu
cobaltblu

And the value of an FIU degree continues to drop.

Tony Miller
Tony Miller

Read what the georgetown pikes did. Apparently douchiness is one of their core values.

Alain D. Mozas
Alain D. Mozas

Disregard my previous post they are apparently just topless "titti pics"

Alain D. Mozas
Alain D. Mozas

The FBI should look into child pornography charges for the Pikes who CREATED, uploaded, and transmitted the content over the internet which was shared with other individuals? Even if the girls were 16-17 that is still a violation of federal and state law, as they were clearly underage. And it shouldn't matter if the girls don't want to be involved in the charges, the nerds at the FBI can easily use the metadata and timestamps in the digital photos to ascertain the date it was taken to then cross-reference with the victim's birth dates.

thevenatic
thevenatic

All those hating on tge FIU pikes are just ignorant low life losers who are either jealous of the fraternitys accomplishments or girls that have been rejected by a brother in the fraternity. The guys khad a private fb server that was hacked give them a fucking break, they glt their fraterninty suspended because some jealous loser did was tired of being a loser. At the end of the day these are the guys getting highest GPA's and becoming something in life... also for a school that sucks this fraternity is the only real fraterninty on campus

akadebone
akadebone

@thevenatic Well, you admit to going to a school that sucks, but when you type like someone who failed Remedial English in high school it just makes it obvious you're a dipshit scumbag

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