|The fraternity house is in State College, Pennsylvania|
A US fraternity has been banned from operating for three years after Penn State University officials accused the chapter of hazing, drug use and harassment by its members.
The university attributed the ban to "a persistent series of deeply troubling activities", according to a news release.
The fraternity's national organisation had only banned the group for one year.
Fraternities are social organisations that college students, usually male, are given the option to join at many universities across the US. Sororities are a similar option for female students.
"Not every member of the chapter was equally culpable for violation of the university's expectations for recognised student organisations," said Damon Sims, vice president for student affairs at Penn State University, wrote in a letter to the Interfraternity Council, the group that oversees fraternities at the university.
|Kappa Delta Rho Fraternity, in State College, Pennsylvania|
Female Penn State University students protest in front of fraternity this spring
The university began investigating the fraternity in March after reports surfaced of a private Facebook page that contained photos of nude women, some unconscious. The Facebook page also included images of fraternity brothers forcing those wishing to join the group being forced to do draining physical activity.
Pornographic images and embarrassing photos of women were regularly shared on the Facebook page.
Mr Sims said the fraternity's actions required a stronger response from the university than the punishment originally doled out by the Interfraternity Council.
Members will not have to move out of the fraternity house, because it is privately owned.
So, what does 'losing their charter' actually mean? How will it affect their daily lives? I'm thoroughly disgusted with the culture of rape and the adolescent behaviour of 'men' in North American universities.
The future of American and Canadian leadership is truly frightening, not just because of their stupid, insensitive tricks, but because they are so stupid to think they could post stuff like that to Facebook and get away with it.