Press Releases

For Immediate Release
Dec. 6, 2016  

Contact: Ashley Martin, Director of Communications 

Delta Upsilon suspends its Missouri Chapter
 
On Nov. 19, 2016, the Delta Upsilon International Fraternity Board of Directors suspended its Missouri Chapter as a result of repeated violations of Delta Upsilon policy. This suspension means all chapter operations have ceased, and all initiated members have been placed on a suspended status. 

The decision to suspend the chapter was made following a Nov. 19 hearing in which eight undergraduate members and two alumni advisors met with the Board of Directors. After a thorough review of the allegations and full consideration of the Missouri Chapter's presentation and written materials, the Board voted to suspend the chapter. The chapter was notified on Dec. 5, after the Fraternity, advisors and university worked through details and procedures for the suspension. 

The suspension is a result of repeated violations of Fraternity and university policy and state law. On three separate dates during the fall 2016 semester—Aug. 27, Sept. 9 and Sept. 16—the chapter hosted social events that had multiple violations of policy. The chapter was placed on temporary emergency suspension on Sept. 28, and held two more events that violated the terms of its temporary suspension. 

The Board of Directors did not base any of its decision to suspend the chapter on the members' alleged involvement in an incident with the Legion of Black Collegians on Sept. 27-28. The chapter and LBC representatives have been working through a mediation process with the MU Office for Civil Rights & Title IX, and it is anticipated that this issue will be successfully resolved soon. Unsubstantiated claims of predatory drug use, which have been refuted by the International Fraternity, were also not considered in this decision. 

"The decision to close any chapter is extremely difficult," said Justin Kirk, Delta Upsilon International Fraternity Executive Director. "The Missouri Chapter has been an important part of the Fraternity and the university community for decades. However, in recent years, the chapter has struggled to follow Fraternity policy despite unprecedented levels of support from staff, alumni and the university. Delta Upsilon is committed to being an integral, productive part of any campus community, therefore, we hold all of our members and chapters accountable to a set of standards. Unfortunately, repeated failure to meet those standards led to this tough decision."

The chapter house is owned by a local house corporation of alumni, not the International Fraternity. As stated in their lease, undergraduate members living in the home have the option to remain there throughout the spring semester. However, the men are prohibited from representing themselves as a chapter of Delta Upsilon per the terms of the suspension. 

Delta Upsilon and the University of Missouri have negotiated the chapter's potential return to campus as early as the fall 2018 semester. 

Established on Nov. 4, 1834, Delta Upsilon is an international men's college fraternity with 76 chapters and colonies across the United States and Canada. The Fraternity, founded at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, is the oldest, non-secret, Greek-letter society and is committed to Building Better Men for a global society through its Four Founding Principles: friendship, character, culture and justice. More than 130,000 men have joined the Delta Upsilon Fraternity since its founding more than 182 years ago. 

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For Immediate Release
Dec. 5, 2016  

Contact: Ashley Martin, Director of Communications 


Delta Upsilon suspends its Washington State Chapter
 
The Washington State Chapter of Delta Upsilon was suspended by the Delta Upsilon International Fraternity Board of Directors on Nov. 19 as a result of violations of Delta Upsilon policy. This suspension means all chapter operations have ceased indefinitely, and all initiated members have been placed on a suspended status. Alumni status may be granted upon an individuals graduation or departure from school. 

On Nov. 19, the chapter president and three alumni advisors took part in a hearing with the Board of Directors via video conferencing regarding the violations. After a thorough review of the allegations and full consideration of the chapter delegation's presentation, the Board voted to suspend the chapter. The chapter was notified on Dec. 5 as the Fraternity, advisors and university worked through details and procedures for the suspension. 

The suspension is a result of violations of Delta Upsilon policy during events that took place at the chapter house Sept. 1-3, 2016. These events included serious infractions of DU and university policy, as well as state law. Washington State University has conducted its own investigation and judicial hearings for these events, and found the chapter responsible for policy violations resulting in a five-year suspension. 

"Delta Upsilon strives to provide an impactful membership experience and be a positive contributor to the campus community," said Justin Kirk, Delta Upsilon International Fraternity Executive Director. "As such, we hold all of our members and chapters accountable to a set of standards that reflect our mission of Building Better Men. Unfortunately, the undergraduate members of our Washington State Chapter were unable to sustain such a meaningful fraternity experience."

Those men living in the chapter will work with the local alumni board in the coming weeks to discuss procedures and timeline for vacating the home. The International Fraternity will consider reinstatement of the Washington State Chapter as early as the spring 2021 semester, when the university's suspension is lifted. 

Established on Nov. 4, 1834, Delta Upsilon is an international men's college fraternity with 76 chapters and colonies across the United States and Canada. The Fraternity, founded at Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts, is the oldest, non-secret, Greek-letter society and is committed to Building Better Men for a global society through its Four Founding Principles: friendship, character, culture and justice. More than 130,000 men have joined the Delta Upsilon Fraternity since its founding more than 182 years ago. 

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