Oklahoma State University boots fraternity off campus for two years

Phi Delta Theta has been suspended until August 2016 after multiple violations of OSU and Interfraternity Council alcohol and hazing policies.
by Kathryn McNutt Published: July 29, 2014


photo - Oklahoma State fraternity Phi Delta Theta's house the evening of July 29, 2014 in Stillwater, Okla. The fraternity was suspended until August 2016, citing multiple violations of university and Interfraternity Council policies. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoman
Oklahoma State fraternity Phi Delta Theta's house the evening of July 29, 2014 in Stillwater, Okla. The fraternity was suspended until August 2016, citing multiple violations of university and Interfraternity Council policies. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoman

— Move-in day at Oklahoma State University is two weeks away, but no one will be moving into the Phi Delta Theta house.

OSU has suspended the fraternity until August 2016, citing multiple violations of university and Interfraternity Council policies regarding alcohol and hazing.

The two-year suspension will give the fraternity its best chance to succeed in re-establishing a chapter on the OSU campus, Vice President for Student Affairs Lee Bird wrote in a letter to the Phi Delta Theta national headquarters.

Students who will be juniors this fall seemed resolved to cause problems for the chapter, Bird wrote. They threw a keg party at the chapter house May 9 — while the fraternity was on deferred suspension for hazing pledges.

“There is no reason to believe that their destructive and detrimental conduct will change,” Bird wrote. “Given that those students will not graduate for at least two years, we have concluded that Phi Delta Theta will not be eligible to recolonize on our campus until August 2016.”

OSU spokeswoman Carrie Hulsey-Greene said fraternity officials want to return to campus after the suspension. Hulsey-Greene said she isn’t aware of any individual fraternity members being disciplined.

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by Kathryn McNutt
Higher Education Reporter
Kathryn McNutt covers higher education for The Oklahoman and NewsOK. Since joining the staff in August 2000, she also has worked as the Breaking News editor, Metro editor and assistant Local editor. A native of Oklahoma City, she graduated from...
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