Student Judicial Board suspends fraternity

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity will be suspended from Youngstown State University for 15 years for hazing and various other violations of the Student Code, according to a ruling today by the university’s Student Judicial Board.

The Board also ruled that the fraternity would be on probation for 10 years after its return to campus, with monthly review meetings for the first five years.

“The decision of the Student Judicial Board sends a clear message across campus and the community that YSU will not tolerate such behavior and will work to ensure that any student organization or individual that participates in such behavior is removed from the university,” said Jack Fahey, vice president for Student Affairs.

Earlier this month, YSU President Cynthia E. Anderson announced the suspension of the fraternity pending an internal investigation. The Student Judicial Board, which consists of representatives from the faculty, administration and student body, conducted a hearing today to consider several allegations against the fraternity, including charges that several pledges of the fraternity were beaten and hazed over a continual amount of time leading to the hospitalization of at least one pledge.

A representative of the fraternity attended the hearing and entered a response of “not responsible” for all of the violations.

The Board determined that a YSU student was taken to St. Elizabeth’s Health Center on Feb. 2 with injuries including contusions and a concussion after being the victim of an assault. The victim’s mother reported to YSU that she believed her son was a victim of fraternity hazing. A police investigation determined that the beatings were, in fact, part of hazing that occurred at a residence off campus.

In all, the Board determined that Kappa Alpha Psi was responsible for violating seven sections of the code dealing with student conduct.

About Youngstown State University
Youngstown State University is a comprehensive emerging urban research university that offers over 14,000 students more than 135 undergraduate and graduate programs backed by a strong tradition of teaching, scholarship and public service. As a major educational and economic development resource in the region, YSU is known for its focus on academic research and creative programs that transform its students into successful professionals, scholars and leaders. Located in the heart of the Tech Belt between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, YSU provides opportunities for students to actively participate with accomplished faculty, often in one-on-one settings, on advanced research and creative collaborations. The beautiful 145-acre campus includes high-tech classrooms, state-of-the-art labs and performance facilities, a variety of on-campus housing options and recreational facilities among the best in the nation.