The University of Washington’s Beta Theta Pi fraternity has been suspended pending an investigation into hazing allegations.
UW’s Office of Fraternity & Sorority Life received allegations of hazing at the fraternity last week, the office said Tuesday. The office shared the information with Beta Theta Pi’s international headquarters, which took the lead in an investigation.
Officials from the international headquarters office in Oxford, Ohio traveled to Seattle to conduct the investigation, spokesman Martin Cobb said.
All chapter activities of the fraternity have been suspended while the office awaits results of the investigation. The office said it will have more information about the allegations after the investigation is completed.
“As Beta’s 175-year mission of ‘developing men of principle for a principled life’ remains our Fraternity’s most important priority, accountability at all levels of the organization will be exercised if hazing allegations of any form are proven to be true,” Cobb said in a statement.
Beta Theta Pi was suspended in 2004 following a hazing incident at a party where male students wore pillow cases over their heads and were forced to kneel while women from a UW sorority poured whip cream and flavored syrup on them. The allegations arose after the fraternity posted photographs of the party its website.