The Theta Chi fraternity at the University of Wisconsin has announced their intention to end their participation as a registered student organization at UW-Madison.
According to the fraternity’s press release, the decision was made due to what they call a “lack of due process regarding misconduct allegations.”
The Theta Chi chapter claims that the Wisconsin Division of Student Life found numerous “unsubstantiated findings” when they conducted an into various allegations against the fraternity.
Additionally, the fraternity says they believe that they have been subjected to “a seemingly flawed and fundamentally unfair university judicial process.”
“After protracted but futile attempts to work with university officials regarding allegations of misconduct by the Psi Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity, the chapter has decided to end its participation as a registered student organization at the University of Wisconsin.
“Theta Chi evaluated its experience with the university’s due process, and the resulting strain it has put on its members in Madison, and made the difficult decision to remove itself from formal university recognition,” the statement reads.
The fraternity says that despite their decision, the chapter will continue to be active in the community, and members will be expected to follow the international fraternity’s rules, regulations and guidelines.
The disaffiliation of Theta Chi at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is the latest major Greek life suspension, expulsion, disaffiliation, or overhaul 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 for various reasons.
Fraternities have been suspended or expelled across the nation as Greek life organizations and universities attempt to grapple with the pitfalls of hazing, alcohol and drug abuse, and sexual assault.
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 or expelled fraternities for various reasons.