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Fraternity house where Ohio State student was killed in 2020 regains recognition from university

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Angie Wang
Associated Press

The chapter of Phi Kappa Psi at Ohio State has been re-chartered nearly three years after a student was fatally shot outside the fraternity house.

The Ohio State fraternity that owns a house where a student was murdered in 2020 has been re-chartered.

The OSU chapter of Phi Kappa Psi was suspended in 2018 for violations including hazing and alcohol infractions. The fraternity was unsanctioned when student and former member Chase Meola was killed at the fraternity's house on East 14th Avenue in October 2020.

OSU spokesperson Dave Isaacs said Phi Kappa Psi has been working closely with the university for a year to outline a plan moving forward and is once again allowed to recruit new members. "The university confirmed that the organization has definitive plans for successful recruitment, risk management, an academic plan, new member education and leadership development," Isaacs said in an email statement.

The fraternity did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Members must complete five hours of community service each semester, have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA and 12 completed credit hours among other things in order to be in good standing, Isaacs said.

The suspect arrested in Meola's death, Kintie Mitchell Jr., is still awaiting trial on a charge of murder.

Meola's family continues pursuing a federal lawsuit against the national and local chapters of the fraternity. His parents claim the organization continued operating as a fraternity despite being suspended.

A state lawsuit filed by the Meola family against Ohio State was dismissed this week. The judge ruled Ohio State had no responsibility for what happened off-campus.