Franklin College fraternity shuts down after national office suspends charter


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FRANKLIN, Ind. (April 7, 2016) – A Franklin College fraternity shut down this week after the national office decided to suspend its charter.

According to Franklin College, the Phi Delta Theta house closed Wednesday. Members have until April 13 to find new housing; the college said it would help students find a new place to live on campus.

The General Council of Phi Delta Theta cited the chapter’s risk management violations and failing chapter operations for the decision.

In an email about the closure, Franklin College disclosed that it had previously taken action against the fraternity concerning student misconduct. The investigation into those allegations continues, the college said.

“While the college community is saddened by this news, it recognizes the national fraternity’s responsibility to uphold its standards and values,” said Franklin College President Thomas J. Minar, Ph.D.  “Franklin College is committed to Greek organizations that live out the college’s mission and values.”

Franklin College isn’t alone in having disciplinary action taken against a fraternity. Purdue’s Sigma Phi Epsilon was suspended for four years for violating Purdue’s alcohol and hazing policies. At Indiana University, Alpha Tau Omega shut down after a sexually explicit video came to light. IU’s Phi Kappa Psi was also suspended for two years following code of conduct violations.

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