A previous version of this article stated the suspension would last four years.
A barbecue that led to an under-aged new member of Phi Delta Theta drinking alcohol with a mixing agent he was allergic to eventually brought Robin Holmes, University of Oregon Vice President of Student Life, to uphold a suspension decision made by both the UO Student Conduct office and the fraternity’s national headquarters.
Jonathan Gubler, Phi Delta Theta president, said the fraternity will not be allowed to congregate through parties or events for at least two years. While the fraternity’s national headquarters are urging for a suspension of at least four years, the decision for a two-year suspension is final.
Although this was a ruling made by the UO and Phi Delta Theta headquarters, the Interfraternity Council did not take part in the decision, IFC President Max Lehman said.
“It is extremely unfortunate to lose a chapter on campus,” Lehman said. “As the Interfraternity Council, it is a priority of ours to advance and preserve our value-based community. With that being said, unrecognizing a chapter is always a last-resort option, and we will continue to make every attempt to support and ensure the longevity of all our organizations.”
Gubler said the UO Student Conduct office does not believe Phi Delta Theta can change its course of action.
“This by no means means we can’t hang out with one another, but we just can’t do things in an official setting,” Gubler said. “They’re not solving the problem. The members still go to the university, it’s still going to happen underground.”
Gubler said the chapter was completely cooperative and complied fully with the UO’s decision, although many Phi Delta Theta members are saddened by the turn of events.
“[They are] upset that something so simple could be taken so far,” Gubler said.
Gubler said the national fraternity headquarters wanted a four-year suspension to ensure that all current members of the fraternity graduate before Phi Delta Theta starts up again.