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November 1, 2012

University suspends fraternity for violations

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue officials on Thursday (Nov. 1) announced a campus fraternity has been suspended for violating university alcohol and hazing regulations.

The suspension of Beta Theta Pi fraternity, 150 Littleton St., will be in effect through May 4, 2013, at which time it will be placed on probation through Dec. 20, 2014.

In addition to the university sanctions, Beta Theta Pi's General Fraternity has ordered the chapter closed for the remainder of the academic year, and all members will move out of the house by the end of the current semester and be moved to an "alumni status" within the organization.

The sanctions, determined after a university and General Fraternity investigation, are for hazing and for making alcohol available to minors at social and new member education events this semester.

"This is a strong message that this type of behavior will not be tolerated," said Jeff Stefancic, associate dean of students. "We expect responsible conduct from all of our fraternities and sororities, and we will act when necessary. The fraternity can regain its good standing with the university, and we will work with Beta alumni and their General Fraternity in order to do so."

Ashley Darnell, assistant director of Off-Campus Housing Services, will help fraternity members identify housing options in the local community.

Writer: Jim Bush, 765-494-2077, jsbush@purdue.edu

Source: Jeff Stefancic, 765-494-1250, jpstefan@purdue.edu

Martin Cobb, Beta Theta Pi director of communication, 513-523-7591, martin.cobb@betathetapi.org