TKE loses official status at UofA

TKE third house to lose recogniion this year

The University of Arizona has permanently removed Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) fraternity as an official campus chapter, according to Dean of Students and Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs Keith Humphrey.

The TKE fraternity must cease all activity on the UA campus following an investigation of allegations that they forced initiates to drink and participate “physical challenges so extreme the students either passed out or vomited.”

According to the Arizona Republic, Phi Kappa Psi was removed for allegations of hazing, underage drinking and of lying to try to cover up wrongdoing. Later, Delta Chi was removed for violations that “presented a threat to the health and safety of members.”

The university provides an anonymous hazing hotline for individuals to report any suspicious activity. Each hazing complaint is investigated by Fraternity & Sorority Programs or the Dean of Students Staff.

A member of the “Tekes” told the Arizona Daily Star that the fraternity was framed. The chapter has 20 days to appeal the loss of recognition. If they do not, or if the appeal fails, the chapter will have the option to return after five years. The Tekes say they intend to appeal.

The Kappa-Tau Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon was established at the UofA in 1967.