Indiana Beta
Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity

1200 North Jordan Avenue
Bloomington, IN

The chapter house was completed for occupancy in the Fall of 2014.

The following letter sent to chapter alumni in late December 2015 explains the current status of the chapter.

Dear Brothers:

As alumni of IN Beta, we all want a chapter in Bloomington of which we can be proud. We have not been proud of the recent behavior of our undergraduate members. It is with a heavy heart that we inform the alumni of IN Beta that the Executive Council of Phi Kappa Psi, the IU Dean of Students, and the IN Beta House Corporation and Supervisory Committee have made the decision to suspend operations of the chapter, effective immediately. This difficult decision was based on the chapter’s continual inability to meet the basic expectations required by the University and the Fraternity to remain in good standing, particularly with regard to risk management issues.

Over the past 10 months, concerned alumni have been working in conjunction with the National Fraternity and the IU Dean of Students Office to revamp the chapter’s approach to recruitment, new member education, leadership development, and engagement with the campus community. Unfortunately, the chapter and its leadership deceived the alumni and staff, violating a deferred suspension that IU had placed on our chapter last spring.

Two incidents this fall have triggered the deferred suspension: an incident during a fire alarm when police and fire departments discovered an “overwhelming amount” of marijuana and smoking paraphernalia in multiple rooms. The chapter was found by the Dean of Students Office to be organizationally responsible for the emergency response to the incident. Also, there were two reports of hazing that have taken place in the fall semester. The IU Dean of Students Office has interviewed 27 of our active and new members in the last three weeks as part of an investigation into this report. Through this investigation, IU discovered hazing was indeed taking place. With two separate incidents, instatement of the deferred suspension and a resulting departure from the campus became inevitable.

After discussions with the University and the Phi Kappa Psi Executive Council and Headquarters, plans are underway for the chapter to return to campus in fall 2017. We have a long history at IU and this is painful for many of us who have been involved. However, we remain optimistic and hopeful about successfully re-starting the chapter. We have looked at some of the leading fraternities at IU (Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Sigma Phi Epsilon, and Beta Theta Pi) which completed a values-based re-organization and re-chartering after a multi-year departure from the campus. These chapters are now at the highest-performing level at IU.

If you wish to be involved with the re-development and re-invention of Phi Kappa Psi at Indiana, please email phikappapsiindianabeta@gmail.com. We welcome and will need significant alumni support to ensure that Indiana Beta returns as a preeminent fraternity at IU – a status it has held in the past and that we are confident it will hold again! We look forward to returning the chapter to its historically prominent position.

If you have any questions about the re-establishment efforts of the chapter, please contact Senior Director of Chapter Operations, send an email to Ron Ransom or he can be reached by phone at the Fraternity headquarters at (317) 632-1852.

Sincerely,

Ron Ransom
Sr. Director of Chapter Operations
Phi Kappa Psi Fraternity

Wade Garard
President, IN Beta House Corporation


Marvin Brown
Treasurer, IN Beta House Corporation

Brian Clarke
Alumni Volunteer

Updated: 4 January 2016