Phi Tau national fraternity drops lawsuit
Published: Friday, September 7, 2012
Updated: Friday, September 7, 2012 01:09
After filing a $10 million lawsuit against Miami University last week, Phi Kappa Tau national fraternity has dismissed its stake in the suit.
The Miami chapter of Phi Kappa Tau, as well as the Phi Kappa Tau Housing Association, was also named plaintiff in the lawsuit. According to Claire Wagner, associate director of university communications, while the national organization is no longer part of the equation, the other two organizations’ status in the suit isn’t entirely clear.
“The Phi Kappa Tau fraternity, the national organization, has filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit,” Wagner said. “It is unclear if the other two plaintiffs, the Phi Kappa Tau Housing Association and the local chapter, are active or dismissed.”
Steve Hartman, chief executive officer of the Phi Kappa Tau fraternity and foundation, said he also wasn’t sure of the other organizations’ current involvement in the lawsuit.
Hartman said the main goal of the Phi Kappa Tau national fraternity is to support the Miami chapter.
“The national fraternity generally needs to be supportive and advocate for the students in the chapter, and right now a lawsuit really doesn’t help meet that end,” Hartman said.