Theta Delt faces two-term alcohol ban

by Kathleen McDermott | 6/27/01 5:00am

Theta Delta Chi fraternity faces two terms of social sanctions, including a ban on alcohol consumption, following violations of the College's keg registration and clean-up policies over Green Key weekend.

After a hearing conducted late Spring term, Theta Delt was found guilty of having six unregistered kegs at its Green Key pig roast, as well as violating the clean grounds policy, which stipulates that the fraternity's outside grounds must be cleaned by 10 a.m. the morning after a party.

Under the new sanctions, which were issued Friday, the fraternity will remain alcohol-free all summer and through the fall and is prohibited from holding registered events.

According to Assistant Dean of Residential Life Deborah Carney, Theta Delt itself took the unusual step of devising its own possible sanctions, which were largely accepted by the Office of Residential Life.

"Any sanctions aren't going to be welcomed," summer president Paul Schmitt '03 explained, but being involved in the process made the experience more positive, he said.

"There are a lot of really good things about our house that people don't understand," and drawing up the sanctions allowed Theta Delt to address the root of the organization's problems, Schmitt said.

The fraternity must also focus on mending its strained relations with St. Thomas Episcopal Church, one of its next-door neighbors, and will coordinate some form of project in conjunction with the church each term, Schmitt said.

"We do want to put a good image out for the church" and "help them out, not just try to fix mistakes," Schmitt added.

The fraternity will also host a member retreat in the fall and winter, organize an academic enhancement program, host additional programming events, conduct an alcohol awareness program each term and work to improve the organization's relationship with its national organization, Carney and Schmitt said.

According to Schmitt, Theta Delt drew ideas for possible sanctions from ORL's minimum standards publication and came up with the additional measures based on those standards.

"The additional sanctions were really creative and got to the root of the problem," Carney said. "We don't want [the violations] to happen again."