FSU Police Investigate Fraternity For Alleged Sexual Battery

Pi Kappa Alpha house
Posted at 5:52 PM, Oct 20, 2014
and last updated 2014-10-21 12:09:46-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) -- A Florida State University fraternity is being investigated after a student claims she was raped at their house.

According to a Florida State University police report, it happened at the Pi Kappa Alpha house on October 11. Police say they are in the middle of an open investigation. We reached out to Florida State University and FSU-PD, but they could not comment because it is an open investigation.

Lisa Brock, a spokeswoman for the FSU Pike chapter, says the chapter was notified they are on an "interim suspension."

Jimmy Keen, the Delta Lambda Chapter Advisor, released the following statement on behalf of the fraternity:

"We have been made aware of an interim suspension by the University and hours ago, we received a copy of an FSU police log sheet. We want to be clear - we are cooperating with University officials and law enforcement and will continue to do so. Any allegation of this type is of the highest concern, particularly since our members and pledges are educated and trained to understand our zero tolerance of any sexual misconduct against another person. In fact, our members sign a contract that they will not be involved in this type of behavior.

"We are very aware of the heightened concern of sexual violence on college and university campuses. However, we urge caution, until all the facts are known and request that any judgment be withheld until we can be fully informed. It would indeed be a miscarriage of justice to handle such news any other way.

"The Delta Lambda chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha chapter has been selected as the FSU "Fraternity of the Year" at least five times since 2001, most recently back-to-back in 2011-2012 and 2012-2013. We take pride in the leadership we provide and in the leadership our many members exhibit in numerous capacities throughout our community and our country. We make every reasonable effort to ensure the highest standard of behavior in our collegiate members and pledges.

"However, if there is a proven claim, we will take swift action. Sexual misconduct will not be tolerated in the Delta Lambda chapter of Pi Kappa Alpha and we will support similar actions by any other sanctioning bodies."