What’s New With This Story:
-A Florida International University spokesperson confirmed to RISE NEWS that the FIU Police Department and the FIU Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution are leading an investigation into allegations leveled against Tau Kappa Epsilon.
-There is no timeframe for when the investigation will conclude and FIU can’t comment on specifics as to who exactly is being investigated.
-Tau Kappa Epsilon is on interim suspension from FIU as a result of the investigation.
-The FIU Office Of Campus Life, which is led by a former high ranking Tau Kappa Epsilon official, will not be involved in the investigation.
By Rich Robinson:
The deepening scandal surrounding Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) at Florida International University has drawn the attention of campus police and high ranking university disciplinary officials.
According to FIU spokesperson Madeline Baró, TKE is on an interim suspension while the FIU Police Department and FIU Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution conduct an investigation into allegations made by five university sororities.
Read our original story on this scandal: FIU Sororities Blacklist Frat After Disturbing Group Chat Allegedly Emerges
The group that represents sororities at Florida International University blacklisted a fraternity at FIU due to the discovery of an explosive email that allegedly contained a series of inappropriate screenshots from a group chat between members of Tau Kappa Epsilon.
The FIU Panhellenic Council made the claims in a letter released last Friday.
According to HerCampus:
“The email contained over 20 attachments of a Tau Kappa Epsilon group chat in which members shared images of nude women, mocked a deceased member of the Panhellenic community, sent photos of hazing, messages about sexual assault, pedophilia and drug distribution.”
A source reached out to RISE NEWS after our original story was published Monday afternoon to express concerns about a high ranking FIU administrator’s connection to TKE.
Jose Toscano is the director of the Office of Campus Life and is a former member of FIU’s TKE chapter. He also previously served as an advisor for the South Florida Province of TKE’s national organization.
But while the Office of Campus Life sounds like a body that might get involved in an investigation of student misconduct, FIU said that the office and by extension, Toscano, will have nothing to do with the ongoing probe into alleged TKE misconduct.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
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Updated: The original version of this story incorrectly labeled the office that Jose Toscano leads. It is the Office Of Campus Life. We regret the error and are happy to have it corrected.