Iowa State University Places Delta Chi Fraternity On Interim Suspension

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Iowa State University has suspended the school’s Delta Chi fraternity chapter.

The suspension, which was handed down on July 30, requires that the group temporarily not be recognized as a registered campus organization and suspends the privileges given to registered university organizations, including participating in campus activities, recruitment and accessing organization financial accounts.

Delta Chi’s interim suspension comes just months after the university overhauled their Greek life code of conduct. In March, the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Engagement at Iowa State University updated their procedures for registration and requirements for sorority and fraternity events involving alcohol.

The new Greek life rules will apply to all sorority and fraternity events both on and off-campus and will be effective immediately.

via Imes Tribune:

Although the Office of Student Conduct is unable to disclose the report or situation that led to the fraternity’s interim suspension by university student disciplinary regulations, campus organizations can immediately be denied university privileges and be excluded from activities on campus when the organization’s “continued presence on the campus creates a continuing danger to persons or property, or constitutes an ongoing threat of disruption to the academic process.”

Assistant Dean of Students and Director of Student Conduct Sara Kellogg said Monday that while reports that can lead to disciplinary action can be initiated by students self-reporting issues, oftentimes, information comes to the Office of Student Conduct from an off-campus property manager or police reports.

She added that while the situation behind the recent interim suspension is not able to be discussed currently, nor is the timeline regarding what happened, most interim suspensions are the result of recent activity.

This is the latest major fraternity or sorority investigation, suspension or closure in the last year, as schools such as Indiana University, the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Texas State, Florida State, Ball State, Louisiana State and Penn State have all suspended fraternities in the wake of hazing and alcohol deaths.

These reports come amidst similar allegations that have been made against fraternities nationwide, including Sigma Alpha Epsilon at East Carolina University, who was shut down for hazing and the Lambda Chi Alpha chapter at the University of Arkansas which has been accused of taking sexually explicit photographs of women without their permission.

In response to incidents like these, fraternities such Phi Kappa Psi have made numerous changes to their code of conduct in an effort to address the issues that have arisen. In addition, schools such as Texas State have introduced new Greek Life rules to try and prevent these problems.

 

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