Investigation concludes at Washburn fraternity over vulgar, explicit text messages

(KSNT Photo/Brian Dulle)

TOPEKA (KSNT) – Washburn University and Phi Delta Theta General Headquarters have concluded their investigations of the lewd messages posted by some members of the Washburn chapter on an online message board.

The fraternity was under fire after images of sexually explicit text messages between members surfaced last month.ii

“All members of the chapter were interviewed by Washburn staff. After the investigation, the members directly involved either admitted to violating Washburn University’s Student Conduct Code or were found to be in violation of the Code by the University Judicial Board.” said Patrick Early, director of communications at Washburn.

Each of these individuals have been sanctioned. Sanctions include any combination of monetary fines, community service, and/or disciplinary probation, which could include preventing them from holding office in any student organization or representing the university in any public performance, sporting or intramural event.

Others were peripherally involved and received written reprimands based on their peripheral involvement with the incident. Some fraternity members were not involved and were cleared of any Code violations based on the evidence.

Early tells KSNT News that none of the students were academically suspended and no one was expelled from the University.

Concurrently, Phi Delta Theta General Headquarters also took action based on their own investigation.  As a result of that investigation, members in violation of fraternity standards have been either suspended or permanently separated from the fraternity by Phi Delta Theta.

The chapter will remain on campus. Early said the University and the Fraternity’s headquarters are working together to provide educational programming which will assist the members of the chapter to apply the values of Phi Delta Theta and Washburn University in future individual and chapter decision making.


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