Beta responds to suspension, allegations
As part of a continuing investigation into the recent suspension of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity on campus, official statements from the local chapter and national organization of Beta Theta Pi have been released.
It was also confirmed that the Carnegie Mellon University Andrew distribution list was utilized for the alleged circulation of explicit materials
An email sent by Panhellenic Council representitves to members of the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority was anonymously forwarded to The Tartan.
The email confirmed the suspension of Beta Theta Pi, as well as the explicit nature of the photos and videos, and that they were circulated on Beta’s distribution list.
Monica McGee, university coordinator of fraternity and sorority life, was cited in the email as having provided this information.
“Beta Theta Pi fraternity activity was suspended as they are currently under university and police investigation. This investigation is regarding photos of both men and women, explicit in nature, that have been circulated on their d-list,” read the email, which then went on to list resources for concerned sorority members to contact with questions or concerns about the issue.
President of Carnegie Mellon’s chapter of Beta Theta Pi Robert Winkelman emailed the following statement to The Tartan: “Our chapter is cooperating with Carnegie Mellon University officials and law enforcement during the current investigation regarding the alleged activities of a few individual members within our chapter. The leadership in our chapter is continuing to collaborate both with University Police and university officials throughout this process.”
“Given the nature of the investigation - and due process and privacy rights that are to be afforded to all parties involved - we will reserve providing additional commentary until University Police and Carnegie Mellon University have both completed their efforts,” Winkelman said.
Martin Cobb, the director of communication for Beta Theta Pi fraternity, wrote in an email to The Tartan, “The fraternity supports the university’s position and recent statements, as we are working together collaboratively on this investigation.”
“Given the nature of the investigation - and due process and privacy rights that are to be afforded all parties involved - the fraternity will reserve providing additional commentary until the University and General Fraternity have both completed their efforts,” the email continued.
Emails discussing the police investigation and the suspension of Beta Theta Pi were sent out by both Dean of Student Affiars Gina Casalegno and University President Jared Cohon two weeks ago.
The university has declined to comment further on the incident.