Three West Virginia University fraternities have been suspended following national investigations. They include chapters of Delta Tau Delta, Sigma Chi and Sigma Nu.
Delta Tau Delta fraternity has been indefinitely suspended after a member posted a video online, auditioning for an MTV reality show.
Along with being suspended by the national headquarters of Delta Tau Delta, the fraternity and student will possibly face disciplinary action by the WVU Interfraternity Council and Office of Student Conduct.
“It’s unfortunate that the actions of one individual sully the reputation of an entire organization, but the attitudes and behavior lifted up in this video are inconsistent with the values of Greek life in general and this university in particular,” said Roy Baker, associate dean of students and director of Greek Life.
According to the IFC Executive Council, the incident will be reviewed to see if the IFC Conduct Code was violated in the video.
The video was posted on a student’s personal YouTube account, according to the IFC and it “included a tour of the Delta Tau Delta chapter house while making inappropriate comments toward women, describing social functions that violate the conduct code of the IFC, and referencing activities that violated and are contradicting to the values of the national fraternity.”
According to Chapter Advisor Tony Hylton III of Delta Tau Delta House Corp., the student filmed the video over spring break. “He reported to me that if he made the show, he could have made up to $120,000.”
Hylton said Delta Tau Delta immediately voted the student out of the colony after returning to campus from spring break, and he is not longer affiliated with the fraternity.
The Interfraternity Council at West Virginia University also issued a cease-and-desist order against the Mu Mu chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity.The order was issued following a preliminary investigation that revealed numerous violations, some serious, at a social event. The invitation-only social event took place on Saturday, April 2 at the Sigma Chi house.
The IFC issued a statement saying, “The IFC does not support the chapter’s acknowledged deliberate decision to ignore and violate the risk management policies set forth by the Interfraternity Council and the Sigma Chi National Fraternity. The chapter and individual members who were involved in these violations will be held accountable and responsible for their very poor decisions.”
The Sigma Nu fraternity has also been placed on a social suspension for the remaining semester, after the chapter registered a planned social function that violated the fraternity’s risk management policies and procedures, according to West Virginia University.
“The bar has been raised of what we expect out of our students at WVU,” said Dean of Students Corey Farris. “By raising the bar, that also means holding students accountable when their actions are not consistent with the values and goals of the university.”