Phi Delta Alpha faced summer suspension

by The Dartmouth Senior Staff | 9/17/19 2:05am

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Phi Delta Alpha fraternity was suspended this summer because of an alcohol violation.

by Divya Kopalle / The Dartmouth Senior Staff

Phi Delta Alpha fraternity was suspended during the summer term after serving hard alcohol punch to an underage student, according to a report from the Organizational Adjudication Committee. The fraternity will undergo alcohol probation for fall term followed by one term of organizational College Probation during winter term 2020. 

The suspension of Phi Delta Alpha is the latest in a series of Greek-related incidents in recent years. 

 During fall 2018, Sigma Phi Epsilon provided alcohol to a minor and “[failed] to comply with the terms of its previous disciplinary sanction during the summer term 2018,” according to the OAC. The OAC planned to impose a three-term suspension effective fall, winter and spring of the 2018-19 academic year, followed by two terms of probation, but the sanction could not be enforced after the national organization revoked the chapter’s charter.

 During winter 2018, Kappa Kappa Kappa admitted responsibility for activity that violated Dartmouth’s “Other Drug and Hazing and Alcohol” policies. The organization received a three-term suspension, followed by four terms of alcohol probation and two terms of college probation — which remain in effect.

 Other fraternity organizations have received similar disciplinary action — and, in some cases, formal derecognition by the College — in recent years. Alpha Delta came under fire for “threatening or causing physical harm to new members” during the fall term 2014, according to the OAC. Additionally, after its national charter was revoked in 2015, Sigma Alpha Epsilon faced scrutiny over allegations of hazing and other violations, which an internal investigation by the College validated. Both organizations were ultimately derecognized.

The president and vice president of Phi Delta Alpha could not be reached for comment as of press time. 

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.