Kappa Delta Rho

The Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house
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Thirty-eight members of Penn State’s Kappa Delta Rho have been expelled from the fraternity. The national executive director of Kappa Delta Rho, Joseph Rosenberg, announced the expulsions Monday in a press release. The remaining members of the Penn State chapter were moved to alumni status.

 

A review by the national organization said the conduct of some members of the Penn State chapter did not meet the values of the overall organization, which include “respect for all persons at all times.”

 

Penn State’s Kappa Delta Rho fraternity has lost its recognition on the University Park campus for a three-year period. The suspension is based on an investigation after reports in March that fraternity members were posting photos to a private Facebook page that showed nude women, some of whom appeared unconscious. The investigation also revealed hazing and drug dealing.  

Protestors holding signs at the rally.
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Despite the snow and cold, hundreds gathered in front of Old Main on Penn State's University Park campus to protest the alleged actions of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity. 

Co-organizer Lauren Lewis, a Penn State student, began the rally by reading an open letter to Penn State president Eric Barron, which she encouraged attendees to sign. "We are here both to support the victims of Kappa Delta Rho and to call upon university leaders to take a stronger, more decisive action," she said.

Eric Barron
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The president of Penn State says the university might need to re-evaluate the entire fraternity system. This soul-searching comes after allegations a fraternity posted nude photos to Facebook of women who appeared to be passed out or asleep.

Penn State President Eric Barron calls the pictures on the Facebook page “appalling” and “potentially criminal.” Speaking to faculty earlier this week, he indicated consequences could come swiftly.

Guys playing football in front of frat house.
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A Penn State fraternity has been suspended for a year after the discovery of a secret Facebook page with inappropriate pictures. Just after the public announcement that Penn State’s chapter of Kappa Delta Rho would be suspended for a year, fraternity brothers were playing football on the lawn of their house.

“Beautiful day, guys," said one of them. "Great day to be a brother.”

But they wouldn’t comment on allegations that frat members had posted graphic pictures of nude female students who appeared to be sleeping or passed out.

Men playing football in front of fraternity house.
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State College police are asking that potential victims and witnesses come forward and turn in any graphic photos and videos related to the investigation of a Penn State fraternity. The university’s chapter of Kappa Delta Rho has been suspended for a year after the discovery of a secret Facebook page with inappropriate pictures.