Purdue withdraws recognition of fraternity after drug charges
July 20, 2005
Purdue University withdrew its recognition of a fraternity following the arrests of three of the organization's former executive officers on drug charges.
Three Tau Kappa Epsilon members were charged in May with possessing and dealing cocaine and psilocybin mushrooms. Purdue officials later learned that all three had held fraternity leadership positions during the past academic year.
The action means that the TKE fraternity is no longer affiliated with Purdue University and has no rights or privileges associated with official recognition, officials said in a news release.
''The situation involving this fraternity house was unusually egregious,'' said L. Tony Hawkins, dean of students. ''Illegal drugs were confiscated at the TKE house. We believe that members had reason to know or suspect that there was a problem and did not take corrective action or alert university authorities.''
One of the students graduated in May, and the other two are no longer at the university.
Kevin Mayeux, chief executive officer of Tau Kappa Epsilon Inc., said the chapter had been working with Purdue to come to a more equitable decision and said the organization plans to appeal.
''To have three guys make a mistake, which they should be held accountable for, and have the chapter closed by the university for the actions of three out of 71 guys does not make a lot of sense to me,' Mayeux said.'
The action against TKE marks the second time this year that the school has withdrawn its recognition of a fraternity. In late April, Purdue revoked the charter of Kappa Alpha Psi after an investigation of a February party that resulted in several arrests.