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University reaction to Theta Chi separation

November 30, 2018

University and student leaders expressed disappointment in Friday’s decision of Theta Chi fraternity chapter, 210 Langdon St., to end its affiliation with UW–Madison and its Fraternity and Sorority Community.

“In recent months we have made numerous efforts to engage and communicate with Theta Chi in hopes that it would operate in a manner consistent with our expectations of our Registered Student Organizations,” says Interim Dean of Students Argyle Wade.

“UW–Madison values all student organizations and holds them accountable to a code of conduct that requires them to operate safely and legally. The health and safety of our students and their guests is always our highest priority. Misconduct allegations are taken seriously and addressed through a fair process,” he adds.

The chapter announced its decision in a letter to Chancellor Blank today, Friday, Nov. 30. It has the effect of ending the chapter’s official recognition and status as a student organization, along with its ability to hold events with other registered student organizations, reserve campus space, and access to university funding.

Chapters that attempt to operate without recognition from the university do not have access to support, university resources or accountability measures, which could increase safety concerns for students that choose to associate with these groups.

The decision by the chapter comes following a suspension which ended on Oct. 1 and a more recent period of probation in which new misconduct allegations had been received.

A hearing on the new complaints is still scheduled to proceed Friday afternoon by the Committee on Student Organizations, which is predominately made up of students.

Fraternity and sorority chapters make many positive contributions to UW–Madison and the university provides vital support and advising, says Interfraternity Council President Joey Levin, noting that fellow students play a role in instituting accountability through the CSO.