For Immediate Release
March 13, 2017
Contact: Ashley Martin, Director of Communications
Delta Upsilon Closes its Manitoba Chapter
The Delta Upsilon International Fraternity Board of Directors announced today that it has voted to revoke the charter of its Manitoba Chapter as a result of the chapter’s inability to meet its financial obligations to the Fraternity.
During the past two academic years, the Fraternity has worked with the chapter to develop a plan to pay off its outstanding balance, which is in excess of $27,000. This debt has grown over the years and includes past membership dues and fees, as well as fees for insurance and attendance at Delta Upsilon educational programs. A hearing was scheduled for Feb. 17, 2017, in which the Board of Directors and the chapter would discuss delinquent payments and plans to reduce the debt. Unfortunately, the chapter and advisors did not have a representative participate in this hearing.
“It is with deep regret that we close our Manitoba Chapter,” said Delta Upsilon Executive Director Justin Kirk. “The Fraternity had hoped to work with the Manitoba Chapter and honor its history and tradition. However, it would be irresponsible continue to operate the chapter at this time, placing an even greater financial burden upon it and future members.”
The Manitoba Chapter was installed into the Fraternity on Nov. 23, 1929. In its 87-year history, the chapter had initiated 833 men. It had just four undergraduate members at the time of its closing.
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.