MU Withdraws Recognition of Kappa Alpha for Five Years

Nov 15, 2016

Credit Ryan Famuliner, Nathan Lawrence

The University of Missouri announced Tuesday that is withdrawing the recognition of Kappa Alpha fraternity as a recognized student organization, citing "multiple violations" of the MU Standard of Conduct.

According to a press release Tuesday, the move is effective immediately, and will be in effect for five years. Without official recognition, the fraternity will not have free access to certain university facilities and will not be allowed to participate in campus activities like Homecoming.

The fraternity was temporarily suspended in October, following allegations of a hazing incident that resulted in a underage student being taken from the fraternity to a hospital with alcohol poisoning.

In the written press release, vice chancellor for student affairs Cathy Scroggs wrote, "“We expect all of our student organizations to uphold our values of Respect, Responsibility, Discovery and Excellence. We work hard with any organization that violates our policies to educate them on making better decisions. We have worked with this organization in the past, and I hope that they will take the necessary steps to improve in the future. The safety of our campus is our No. 1 priority; anytime that safety is compromised, we must take appropriate measures.”