The Daily Collegian – Panhellenic Council responds to Kappa Delta Rho case, provides sorority members with outlet for discussion

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The Daily Collegian – Panhellenic Council responds to Kappa Delta Rho case, provides sorority members with outlet for discussion

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By, Grace Desjardins

March 19, 2015

The Penn State Panhellenic Council released a statement this afternoon in response to the allegations that the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity used private Facebook pages that included photos of nude unconscious women, evidence of hazing and drug sales.

According the statement, PHC members are “saddened and disgusted” by the incident and that “what happened to those women and the repercussions for our community cannot, and should not, be dismissed in any way.”

Panhellenic members were originally told this week not speak with the media about the case, according to emails provided to The Daily Collegian. PHC President Abby Renko said Thursday there was a miscommunication when sorority members “were being harassed” by members of the media, but were allowed to speak with reporters.

statement by Interfraternity President Rick Groves on Thursday stated that fraternity members still were advised not to speak publicly about the case “in effort to reduce the dissemination of misinformation.”

The PHC hosted an open forum this week to provide its members with an outlet for discussing the issue and an opportunity to learn about support services on campus, according to the PHC statement. Similar events are planned to be hosted again in the future.

The PHC also said the statement it believed the people involved in the case will be held accountable and that the safety and welfare of its members will remain the focus of the organization.

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