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North Carolina State Fraternity Pi Kappa Phi Investigated Over Offensive Book

Pi Kappa Phi's national headquarters and the school suspended the fraternity.
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The national headquarters of a North Carolina State University fraternity is investigating the local chapter after a book allegedly written by its members was discovered with racist, sexist and other derogatory comments.

"The quotes in the book are reprehensible and unacceptable. We have sent staff to Raleigh to investigate the circumstances of the situation," Pi Kappa Phi's CEO, Mark E. Timmes, said in a statement Saturday.

North Carolina State's Pi Kappa Phi was suspended by the university Thursday after a female student found a pledge book full of offensive comments, apparently written by the fraternity's brothers. The student, Katie Perry, said she found it in a restaurant. "There's a lot of overt racism, there's pedophilia," she told NBC affiliate WNCN. "There's rape, there is a lot of slurs against (transgendered) women. There's one about people with disabilities."

Pi Kappa Phi's national headquarters also suspended the fraternity, saying in a statement that the "statements are inconsistent with the values of Pi Kappa Phi and will not be tolerated.”

North Carolina State University banned alcohol at most fraternity events Friday after the Pi Kappa Phi discovery and another fraternity, Alpha Tau Omega, was suspended for drug and sexual assault allegations. Three other fraternities are suspended from the school for various violations, three more have lost recognition from the school for repeated offenses and two are under disciplinary sanctions, according to North Carolina State's Department of Greek Life.


— Elisha Fieldstadt