OSC investigates Theta sorority

The timeline for the investigation is currently unknown

· March 20, 2014, 2:50 pm   ·  Updated March 23, 2014, 1:15 pm

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Penn’s Kappa Alpha Theta sorority is currently under investigation by the Office of Student Conduct.

The sorority, better known as Theta, was notified by OSC on Valentine’s Day that the office would begin investigating the sorority, according to Theta president and College junior Jane Bender. Members hope the investigation will be over by end of the semester, Bender said, although she does not know when the investigation will end.

The investigation has indefinitely postponed the initiation of Theta’s current pledge class. “Everyone’s upset,” Bender said. She declined to comment on why Theta is being investigated.

OSC Director Michele Goldfarb declined to comment on whether there currently is an investigation. “The Office of Student Conduct neither confirms, nor denies, the existence of any investigations,” she said in an emailed statement.

OSC has given few details about the investigation, Bender said. She has not been notified of the specifics of the complaint that initiated the investigation.

OSC and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life are overseeing the investigation. OFSL Director Scott Reikofski declined to comment on the investigation.

Theta’s national headquarters are being “kept in the loop throughout,” Bender said. The national chapter’s Director of Communications Liz Rinck declined to comment. “The issue ... is private between the University and Kappa Alpha Theta and our chapter,” she said.

According to the Charter of the University of Pennsylvania’s Disciplinary System, OSC assesses the validity of a complaint through interviews and consultation of documents and computer records.

Verification of a breach of University rules will lead the OSC to present Theta with a voluntary resolution agreement, consisting of sanctions appropriate to the case.

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