Fraternity chapter at IU ordered to disband after hazing problems

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP/WISH) — The governing body of Delta Tau Delta has revoked the charter for the fraternity’s chapter at Indiana University Bloomington following problems with hazing.

Jim Russell, executive vice president of the national fraternity, says there is “no place for hazing in Delta Tau Delta” and it’s “absolutely contrary to our values and will not be tolerated.”

The national fraternity says there were multiple violations of Delta Tau Delta’s risk management policy, including hazing within the Beta Alpha chapter’s new member education program. National officials say sanctions were imposed last spring, but poor conduct continued.

Indiana University has ordered the Bloomington campus chapter to cease all activities and disband.

Lori Reesor, vice provost for Student Affairs at Indiana University Bloomington, said, “The university supports the national chapter’s swift and strong action and is in full agreement with this decision.”

Reesor continued: “Fraternities and sororities are an integral part of campus life; however, the university is committed to providing a safe educational environment for everyone and does not tolerate actions by any group or individual affiliated with the university that put this at risk.”

Reesor’s office is working with Delta Tau Delta to ensure a smooth process as the chapter disbands.

Indiana University’s Office of Student Ethics is in the process of investigating any potential violations of the university code of conduct related to the Bloomington fraternity chapter.

Members of the chapter in Bloomington were notified of the charter’s suspension Monday night. They haven’t commented about the decision.

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