University of Oregon’s Beta Theta Pi chapter has been disbanded due to reports of hazing and other “high-risk behaviors”, a statement from Vice President for the Division of Student Life Robin Holmes said.
According to the statement, the university was working with Beta Theta Pi’s national headquarters to address these issues. The national headquarters ultimately decided to disband the fraternity as a result of the meetings.
“Reports of things like hazing and other high-risk behaviors are unacceptable,” Holmes said. “While an unfortunate outcome, the university greatly appreciates the seriousness with which the General Fraternity has taken the fraternity’s issues.”
In response to the fraternity’s being banned from campus, the university will explore new policies Holmes believes “will help curb these sorts of problems.” Holmes said the university will work in partnership with national fraternity and sorority headquarters, consider new levels of fraternity and sorority life staffing, limit membership and create a longer-term moratorium for new chapters.
Despite these on-going issues, Holmes said fraternities and sororities still have the “potential to be transformational in terms of individual development and leadership.” However, she added that the university must “eliminate the problematic behaviors that endanger members and others” in order to do this.
Beta Theta Pi could seek reestablishment, but it will not be able to no sooner than winter 2018 if it meets all the necessary requirements at that time.
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