Pattern of misconduct prompts three-year Phi Delta Theta suspension

In partnership with Phi Delta Theta Fraternity General Headquarters and the Alumni Advisory Board of OWU’s Ohio Beta Chapter of Phi Delta Theta, Ohio Wesleyan University suspended recognition of the Ohio Beta Chapter effective Oct. 22. Additionally, the General Headquarters has suspended the chapter’s charter for three years. As a result, the “Phi Delt” chapter house was vacated and the occupants relocated to other campus housing facilities.

“The decision to suspend Ohio Wesleyan’s chapter was made after significant deliberation among international staff and officials, local alumni advisors, and University personnel pertaining to a pattern of serious misconduct within the chapter and a declining commitment to the values expected of members,” said Dwayne Todd, vice president for student engagement and success.

The fraternity will be permitted to restart the chapter in spring 2021 and reoccupy the house at 19 Williams Dr. in fall 2021, provided conditions are met during the interim period.

Todd said the University remains very supportive of the fraternity and sorority experience, which helps to develop strong leadership skills, build a generous philanthropic spirit, and create powerful alumni connections.

“It is because of this commitment to high-quality fraternity and sorority experiences that we feel we must uphold standards for our chapters that require alignment with the values and mission of their chartering organizations and of our University. We believe by doing so, we can sustain a strong fraternity and sorority system for years to come,” said Todd.

An email message sharing the news with alumni was co-signed by Andy Warnock ’06, Phi Delta Theta Ohio Beta Chapter advisor.

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