AUSTIN (KXAN) - The national governing arm of the Kappa Alpha Order is suing the break-away fraternity chapter at the University of Texas at Austin, saying the re-formed splinter group is using "paid sexual performers" to recruit members.
It also said the new organzation has refused to return $200,000 worth of the national group's assets.
"The rogue, independent chapter and its House Corporation are claiming and using the dues, bank accounts, furniture, art and equipment that were owned by the local chapter, in violation of the Laws of Kappa Alpha Order," the Viginia-based organization said in a news release after it filed a lawsuit in Travis County.
The suit accuses Texas Omicro and UT Texas Omicron Educational Corp., which is the group that formed after the UT Kappa Alpha chapter disbanded, of violating the national charter and sullying the fraternity's reputation. The national chapter disbanded the local entity after it investigated "allegations of violations of its risk management policy, specifically, hazing of new members inappropriate treatment of women."
"These actions run absolutely contrary to Kappa Alpha Law, policies, and most importantly our values of gentlemanly conduct," the group said.
Robby Alden, spokesman for Texas Omicron, said the new group has severed its ties with Kappa Alpha and returned the property that belong to the national organization. Alden did not address the allegations of sexual misconduct on the local organization's part.
"First of all the group that filed the lawsuit the national organization in Lexington, VA has never spent one penny for anything that's in the house or one penny on the house. It was all purchased and bought by members of that organization "
No court date has been set in the civil action.
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