Delta Tau Delta closes by order of national chapter
This Sunday, the Carnegie Mellon chapter of the Delta Tau Delta fraternity officially closed due to orders from its national chapter. According to national Director of Communications Jason Young, the decision was made due to the chapter's violation of "risk management policies."
The fraternity's executive vice president, James B. Russell, was quoted in an official Delta Tau Delta press release as saying that the chapter "demonstrated its inability to effectively manage operations and abide by Fraternity policies, practices, and expectations."
The decision to close the chapter comes after a semester punctuated by problems, including an incident in September in which a DTD member accidentally posted a party agenda to the University misc.market bulletin board. The agenda included member duties; one listed duty for brothers at the bar reminded them "not [to] distribute ANY beer until they [Inter-fraternity Council representatives] leave." The bartenders were warned by members posted at the doors when IFC representatives were to arrive.
Anthony Morton, Carnegie Mellon Chapter President of DTD, stated late Sunday night that their chapter is "working out details regarding its future with Delta Tau Delta and Carnegie Mellon University."
Director of Student Life Renee Camerlengo said that for now, the Alumni Corporation will work with Housing Services to allow individual members to stay in the chapter house through December 22. She also stressed that all of the incidents which led up to the chapter's dismissal were "allegations of chapter misconduct, not individual action."
"The University is committed to working with the local alumni and the national office to bring Delta Tau Delta back to Carnegie Mellon at an appropriate time in the future," said Camerlengo. DTD's national press release stated that a return "is not anticipated until the fall 2007 semester at the earliest."