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IU Bloomington Shuts Down Fraternity

The action "effectively ceases all operations" of the Gamma-Kappa chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon.

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- The party is over for one fraternity at IU Bloomington.

The Gamma-Kappa chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon has been shut down by national leadership for violating its own bylaws.

Tau Kappa Epsilon's Grand Council says the action "effectively ceases all operations" of the Bloomington chapter for the next three years.

"We will not tolerate members whose actions do not represent the values and principles of Tau Kappa Epsilon," said TKE Chief Executive Officer Donald E. Aldrich. "The value of fraternity is being questioned daily and we are committed to both developing men at a high level and rooting out those with selfish intentions that are outside our mission."

TKE says it worked together with Indiana University on a "joint investigation" into to the violations, which ultimately led the fraternity to close the Gamma-Kappa Chapter.

"As soon as IU became aware of alleged activity at the fraternity house, the university initiated its own investigation. IU does not tolerate such behavior on campus, or in the course of any university activity, and will continue to work with the appropriate authorities and all members of the university community to stop it," the university said Thursday.

IU is not the only university to have its TKE chapter disbanded in recent months.

Tau Kappa Epsilon closed its houses at Ohio State and Eastern Carolina in January due to alcohol and hazing violations, and its Beta Theta Pi chapter at Penn State was shut down in 2017 following the hazing death of a pledge.

TKE says the Gamma-Kappa chapter can and will reopen in 2021.

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