A campus paper from the University of South Florida reported on Sunday, that the school has indefinitely suspended a fraternity following complaints about antisemitic initiation rituals and an online post mocking the Holocaust.
The fraternity Pi Kappa Phi’s conduct was investigated by the school after a Jewish pledge revealed that a member drew a swastika on his body at an initiation event. A student’s post “endorsing Hitler and the death of more than 6 million Jews” also surfaced on an online platform for discussing Greek life, according to a description of the incident by USF Hillel. USF charged Pi Kappa Phi with violating school rules on hazing and underage drinking. The school previously called the alleged actions of the fraternity members “reprehensible.”
The Jewish group at the campus said Tuesday, “Mockery of the Holocaust, the use of hate symbols, and the trivialization of genocide is unacceptable. This behavior not only harms the Jewish community on campus but also undermines the foundational values of the University.”
In response, Pi Kappa Phi said it “condemns the reprehensible antisemitic action that has happened at the University of South Florida,” while asserting that individuals outside the fraternity were responsible for both the swastika drawn on a pledge and the online post. The group added that it is cooperating with the university’s investigation.