The four-year suspension levied against Delta Chi will remain in place after the fraternity exhausted its last means of appeal through the Office of Student Affairs.
After several weeks of studying evidence in the case, Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services Steven Johnson determined, as of Oct. 11, that the four-year suspension against the fraternity was fair and justified.
Asking Johnson to review the case and make a final ruling was the fraternity’s last shot at changing the university’s decision after it had already lost its initial disciplinary hearing and its appeal in August.
“Delta Chi appealed the sanctions against them, not the violations,” said Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Tony Voisin. “A four-year suspension is not out of the normal for handling code of conduct violations.”
“The punishment seems unreal and too extreme,” said Carleton senior Andrew Clark, president of CMU’s chapter of Delta Chi. “It’s like being given a death sentence for speeding.”
Clark said the fraternity has been in good standing for years without any disciplinary action taken against the fraternity aside from the recent suspension.
“We’re in constant contact with our international headquarters and plan on looking into university policies and how it runs its student code of conduct,” Clark said.
Despite the suspension, Clark said Delta Chi will continue to operate normally and plans to dedicate time to philanthropy and community service regardless of the lack of university backing.
“We are very thankful of the Greek community,” he said. ”Everyone has been very supportive of us during this time.”
The suspension was originally brought about by a party that took place April 19, when there was an incident of minors drinking alcohol.
There was no police involvement in the incident. It was strictly an internal investigation by the university.
The fraternity will be allowed to officially colonize again in Fall 2017, but it is up to Delta Chi’s national headquarters to work with CMU to come back.