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Penn State fraternity suspended over Facebook page with nude photos

Police are investigating allegations that Kappa Delta Rho members posted photos of sleeping or passed-out women online

A fraternity at Pennsylvania State University has been suspended as police investigate allegations that members used a secret Facebook page to post photos of nude women, some of whom appeared to be sleeping or passed out.

According to a copy of a State College police warrant obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press, a former member of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity went to authorities and told them about the page. The former member also turned over screen shots of the page on a thumb drive.

“It appears they [the victims pictured] were passed out or sleeping,” State College police Lt. Keith Robb told WJAC News.  

The first Facebook page, “Covert Business Transactions” was shut down after one of the victims allegedly discovered it, according to the search warrant, WJAC News reported. However, a second page was made in its place.

Police said some Facebook posts also related to hazing and drug deals.

Kappa Delta Rho was suspended by Penn State's intrafraternity governing body and the national chapter, pending the results of an investigation.

"It is [Intrafraternity Council] policy to immediately suspend activity at any chapter undergoing an investigation," IFC President Rick Groves said in an email, according to the university's student newspaper The Daily Collegian. "This is both to ensure an unhindered investigation and to prevent chapters from committing further wrongdoings." 

Kappa Delta Rho is the latest fraternity to make national headlines for inappropriate behavior. A Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) chapter at the University of Oklahoma came under scrutiny last week after a video showing members chanting slurs against black people was posted online.

University of Oklahoma President David Boren severed ties with SAE and expelled two students for their role in the chant.

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