An East Carolina University fraternity is on temporary suspension after two people were charged and more than 60 people cited during a fraternity house party this weekend.
ALE agents, Pitt County ABC officers and Greenville police obtained a search warrant for the Pi Kappa Phi house on Hooker Road Saturday.
ALE agents say they seized alcohol, marijuana, drug paraphernalia along with a poster that read “$1 shots of tequila, rum and vodka. Party ‘til you pass out, Drink ‘til you’re dead.”
Keith Tingley, ECU Director of Greek Life says the fraternity is on temporary suspension pending an investigation. Tingley says an agreement between the university and the fraternity's national chapter have suspended all fraternity activities.
Today there were still beer cans and alcohol containers in the front yard of the fraternity house.
Dylan Baker, 19, of Greenville, was charged with aiding and abetting underage possession of alcohol, selling and possessing for sale alcohol without ABC permits and underage consumption of alcohol. Stephen Charron, 23, whose address is listed as the frat house, was charged with aiding and abetting underage possession of alcoholic beverages. ECU says both Baker and Charron are members of the fraternity.
“College groups such as this fraternity need to be aware of the alcohol laws and act responsibly,” said John Ledford, director of ALE. “Alcohol consumption can lead to tragic consequences such as alcohol poisoning. The poster was too close to the truth when it comes to underage drinking.”
The fraternity has been on the ECU campus since 1963. Calls to the fraternity's national offices in Charlotte so far have not been returned.
Pi Kappa Phi Statement
Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity suspends Beta Phi chapter at East Carolina University
CHARLOTTE, N.C.-Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity has issued an interim suspension of its Beta Phi chapter at East Carolina in order to investigate alleged violations of the fraternity's alcohol policy. Pi Kappa Phi is collaborating with the East Carolina Office of Greek Life to gather information surrounding the allegations.
"As an interfraternal leader in alcohol and risk management education, Pi Kappa Phi is committed to providing our students with the tools to make safe and healthy choices about the use of alcohol," said Assistant Executive Director Christian Wiggins. "We also expect personal responsibility from our members in order to prevent the misuse and abuse of alcohol. Should the Beta Phi chapter be found responsible of risk management violations at the conclusion of the investigation, the chapter and individuals will be held accountable through our conduct process."
"We appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with the Office of Greek Life as Pi Kappa Phi recognizes its shared role in the higher education mission," added Wiggins.
The Beta Phi chapter of Pi Kappa Phi was founded on February 16, 1963.
Pi Kappa Phi's commitment to leadership dates back to its founding on December 10, 1904, at the College of Charleston, Charleston, S.C., where our founders exemplified leadership in the classroom, on the athletic field, in campus politics and within the community. Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity was founded on the premise of campus leadership-by men who made the choice to lead. Today, on more than 150 campuses across America, Pi Kappa Phi has broadened its commitment to building men who are leaders by choice.