The Eta Chapter of Kappa Alpha Theta women’s fraternity at the University of Michigan was disbanded Monday.
A letter obtained by The Michigan Daily from Theta’s national president Laura Doerre to chapter members states the decision was made in a unanimous vote by the fraternity’s grand council on Sunday.
In the letter, Doerre said the decision to disband the chapter came after several suspensions and disciplinary action from both the University and the national chapter, including a recent suspension effective during the spring semester. The letter didn’t specify what events prompted the disciplinary actions or suspensions.
Doerre also wrote that the fraternity recently violated University sanctions that were administered during the Spring semester.
“On February 10, Vice-President Mandy Wushinske and I visited campus and met with members of your cabinet and university administrators including the dean of students,” Doerre wrote. “At that time it was clearly stated that all members and new members of Eta Chapter were to adhere to all sanctions from the university and the Fraternity. It is disappointing that the chapter violated both the university and fraternity sanctions last week.”
In an e-mail to the Daily, University spokesperson Rick Fitzgerald said Theta was suspended for inappropriate conduct.
“In January, Kappa Alpha Theta was suspended through the Greek Activities Review Panel process for violations involving hazing and under-age drinking,” Fitzgerald said.
A video obtained by The Michigan Daily and heavilty circulated throughout the University community depicts Theta members consuming alchohol.
“My understanding is that this was a decision of the sorority’s national office,” he said.
Theta is not the first Greek life organization to face disbandment. Sigma Alpha Mu was disbanded by its national chapter after acrueing more than $250,000 in damgages during a January 2015 ski trip to Treetops Resort.
Members of Theta were not immediately available for comment regarding their disbandment or University sanctions.
According to the letter, all chapter members in Kappa Alpha Theta residing in the fraternity house will be required to vacate the area by no later than April 28.
This is a developing story. Stay with The Michigan Daily for updates.