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Kappa Delta Rho national leadership details Penn State steps

The Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house on Prospect Avenue in State College on Tuesday, March 17, 2014.
The Kappa Delta Rho fraternity house on Prospect Avenue in State College on Tuesday, March 17, 2014. CDT photo

The National Federation of Kappa Delta Rho, in anticipation of a Penn State report on its local chapter, released a statement Friday that its internal investigation is ongoing.

The statement also detailed actions it has taken to probe alleged issues at KDR’s Penn State chapter.

The university and KDR national Executive Director Joseph Rosenberg placed the Penn State fraternity on separate suspensions in March upon learning State College police were investigating the chapter for possible criminal activity, including hazing, drugs and exploitation of unconscious women, who were allegedly photographed partly or fully nude to share on invitation-only Facebook pages.

“As we have stated throughout this matter, respect for every individual is a hallmark principle of our fraternity,” Rosenberg said in the release. “In order to further this principle, we have engaged in dialogue with the university administration, our brothers at Penn State and leading national experts on the issues we have confronted at Penn State.”

Rosenberg said that fraternity members found to have committed “improper conduct” will be disciplined and could face expulsion from the fraternity.

He said the organization, on a national level, reviewed its program to support its members and chapters “in educating our undergraduate (b)rothers on issues of sexual assault, sexual harassment and the abuse of alcohol and drugs.” The national fraternity also enlisted the help of Campus Clarity, a service of California-based company LawRoom.

“The Think About It program will be fully implemented in this upcoming academic year as part of our Legion Program, which is a total member education program designed to provide leadership skills and knowledge to our brothers that will allow them to lead successfully in their communities,” Rosenberg said.

He also said national leadership of the organization will not tolerate hazing.

“At Penn State, we have conducted appropriate inquiries regarding alleged hazing and cooperated with the university administration,” Rosenberg said. “We shared information from our review with the appropriate administrators at Penn State and will hold any members involved in any such acts accountable through our judicial process. In our review we found one of the barriers was having a vehicle or method of reporting of possible incidents of hazing.”

The fraternity also joined other national organizations in a 24/7 hazing hotline called the Greek Anti-hazing Hotline.

“Kappa Delta Rho is an organization characterized by devotion to respect for others,” Rosenberg said. “We will continue to adhere to that standard, and we provide this report in furtherance of our core values.”