August 23, 2006
The UVA chapter of the fraternity, Delta Tau Delta, has been removed from grounds after a series of incidents prompted an investigation.
Members of Delta Tau Delta are no longer allowed to display Greek letters on their house. They will not be returning to fraternity parties and chapter meetings this year. After the fraternity's own national headquarters found they were not in compliance with risk management requirements, their charter was revoked, forcing them to be pulled from campus.
"When they don't have a charter and they're not in a relationship with their national headquarters, the IFC does not sponsor them and when they're not sponsored by the IFC, the University does not recognize them," the Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life, Aaron Laushway said.
According to Laushway, those risk management violations include everything from hazing incidents to the use and abuse of alcohol, These are rules and regulations that all fraternities are briefed about.
"Obviously it's illegal, and the IFC doesn't condone it in any way, shape, or form, so we abide by that," said Andrew Siegel, member of a different fraternity.
One specific hazing incident this past spring is said to have prompted the internal investigation and after the governing body voted to suspend the charter, the chapter was offered a chance to make their case.
"The students then had a process in which they could participate to argue their case, and they chose not to do that and so the charter has been suspended," Laushway continued.
The UVA chapter has already been pulled from the national headquarters' website and members of other Greek organizations are learning from this group's mistakes.
"We've definitely had talks about that, because as I said, we want to stay around. We're not trying to last for one more semester, we want to last for another hundred years," Siegel continued.
As far as what's to be done with the house, it is not affiliated with the University. It is owned by an alumni house corporation and the fraternity's national headquarters will decide what to do with it. Until then, members already with a lease at the house are allowed to live there.
The Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life said he has not had any contact with any member of DTD since early spring. When the former members were contacted by reporters, they said that if and when they had prepared a statement for the media, they would let all media know.
The Director of Fraternity and Sorority Life also said the fraternity plans to reinstate their charter and hopes to be back on campus by spring 2009.