App State Removes Recognition Of Fraternity Due To “Numerous Problematic Actions”

BOONE, NC — Appalachian State University announced Friday they will no longer recognize the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity due to a continued pattern of problematic behavior.

According to a news release, App State says the fraternity was already on organizational suspension and has “continued a pattern of behavior that is incompatible with Appalachian State University policies.” Therefore, officials say the most severe penalty the University can undertake must be applied.

That penalty is the removal of university recognition for TKE.

Univeristy officials say the fraternity has made “problematic social media” posts regarding the chapter, had multiple calls for police made to chapter members residences, had multiple chapter members referred to Student Conduct proceedings, and received several credible accusations of assault on females during their current suspension period.

The following letter was sent by Jeff Cathey, Appalachian State’s Director of Student Engagement & Leadership, to TKE:

“Regardless of specifics of individual concerns, these instances indicate a persisting pattern sufficient to convince me that Tau Kappa Epsilon does not currently have a culture that is compatible with our policy.

Moreover, the failure to adhere to the requirements of suspension (defined in the original suspension letter as “cease[ing] all activities and functions, both on and off campus,” and “effectively disband[ing] for the duration of the suspension period”), combined with the ongoing concerns listed above, have compelled Appalachian to remove university recognition from Tau Kappa Epsilon.

Tau Kappa Epsilon will not be eligible for consideration to return as an expansion chapter at Appalachian State University prior to Spring of 2023, or such time the time at which all current chapter members have graduated or moved on from Appalachian’s campus. Such an application would initiate consideration of a return to campus in Fall semester of 2023, at the earliest.”