Penn State

Phi Sigma Kappa suspended amid sexual assault investigation

The Penn State Interfraternity Council placed Phi Sigma Kappa on full chapter suspension in response to an alleged sexual assault that occurred at the off-campus fraternity in downtown State College on Saturday or Sunday.

The sexual assault, which was reported to Penn State police Tuesday afternoon, is being investigated by State College police, who declined to comment Tuesday.

The person who reported the crime indicated a female student was sexually assaulted by a man she knew.

“It is IFC policy to immediately suspend activity at any chapter undergoing an investigation by the police, the (u)niversity, their national organization, or the IFC itself,” IFC President Rick Groves said in an email. “This is both to ensure an unhindered investigation and to prevent chapters from committing further wrongdoings.”

Phi Sigma Kappa will be prohibited from voting in presidents’ council, from hosting or participating in events associated with Greek Week, Greek Sing, homecoming and the Dance Marathon,as well as other chapter activities like meetings, philanthropy projects and community service programs.

“We have reasonable confirmation that the alleged perpetrator is neither a member of Phi Sigma Kappa nor a student of Penn State,” Groves said.