A Radford University fraternity is on temporary suspension following hazing allegations and an injured student.
The injured student, whose name has not been released, received medical treatment following the incident, according to university spokesman Joe Carpenter.
Pi Kappa Phi is now under investigation by the fraternity’s national office. The national organization has halted local operations, according to a statement.
“Our primary concern is the safety, well-being, dignity and respect of all members,” fraternity CEO Mark Timmes said in the statement. “Hazing has no place in Pi Kappa Phi.”
Carpenter said the university is conducting an investigation after school officials were notified of the allegations on Monday. Carpenter wrote in an email that the university’s Dean of Students office had received a phone call.
Carpenter wrote that the Office of Student Standards and Conduct is now investigating the hazing. He said issues involved include alcohol, disruptive and endangering conduct, and others.
However, according to Carpenter, one student had been injured in one incident and the university would be trying to determine if there were other incidents as well.
Because the incident is alleged to have occurred off campus, the Radford city Police Department and the city Commonwealth’s Attorney have been notified, according to Carpenter.
Commonwealth’s Attorney Chris Rehak declined to comment on the case Wednesday.
The Radford chapter of Pi Kappa Phi was founded in 1978 and has been involved in at least one controversy since that time.
The chapter lost its university affiliation in 1996 after 18-year-old Radford freshman Valerie Cole died of alcohol poisoning after attending Pi Kappa Phi and Chi Phi fraternity parties with friends. An autopsy determined her blood-alcohol level was .31 percent, almost four times the legal standard of intoxication.
The chapter was re-colonized in 2004 and received their charter in 2006, a decade after Cole’s death, according to Carpenter. The chapter was also suspended from November 2010 to August 2011, according to Carpenter.