IU releases statement after Delta Tau Delta fraternity shut down due to ‘multiple instances of hazing’

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The charter for Indiana University’s Delta Tau Delta Fraternity has been suspended after “multiple instances of hazing” within its new member education program.

A statement released by the fraternity Monday night said the Beta Alpha Chapter is no longer in good standing and is not permitted to operate in the name of Delta Tau Delta.

The fraternity says members were aware of conduct requirements and chose to ignore them during the fall of 2016.

“There is no place for hazing in Delta Tau Delta. It is absolutely contrary to our values and will not be tolerated,” said Jim Russell, executive vice president of the national fraternity. “The fraternity is clear about its expectations.”

Delta Tau Delta was first established at Indiana University in 1870 and the Beta Alpha Chapter has operated continuously since 1887.

The fraternity’s members were informed of their charter’s suspension Monday night. Withdrawal proceedings of the chapter will begin immediately.

The university said in a statement from Vice Provost for Student Affairs Lori Reesor that it supported the fraternity’s move:

“The university supports the national chapter’s swift and strong action and is in full agreement with this decision. 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.”

IU’s Office of Student Ethics will continue to investigate the issue since it involves potential violations of the university code of student conduct.

Another IU fraternity was shut down in 2015. The school’s Alpha Tau Omega chapter had its charter revoked over a sexually explicit video.