Beta Theta Pi national headquarters issues statement on WSU chapter suspension


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Beta Theta Pi national headquarters responded Friday to an investigation into the fraternity’s Wichita State chapter.

Jeff Rundle, chief executive officer of the Beta Theta Pi Foundation and Administrative Office, emailed The Sunflower the following statement:

“We were deeply disappointed to learn that our chapter is facing charges from the university. We have remained in close contact with school officials and support their investigation into any potential wrongdoing. Further action may be taken pending the outcome. Until then, we have advised our members at Wichita State to fully abide by the terms of their temporary suspension.”

Rundle and other Beta Theta Pi representatives did not respond to specific questions about the investigation or previous investigations into the WSU chapter.

Beta Theta Pi is currently on temporary suspension, pending the outcome of the university’s investigation. The fraternity was on deferred suspension — meaning any other violations would lead to full suspension from the university — and disciplinary probation after being charged with hazing and alcohol-related violations last spring.

The temporary suspension and investigation began Aug. 24, a day after a Beta-hosted party.