Wake Forest University has suspended the school’s Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity chapter until 2022 due to multiple Student Code of Conduct violations.
According to a statement released on Monday, October 15, the university’ decision followed an administrative hearing that was held last week. The suspension was put into effect on Monday, October 15.
Wake Forest University cited the chapter’s failure to follow a mutually agreed upon social events risk-management plan, a decision to host an unauthorized party with a keg, and repeated lack of compliance with the directions of university officials as the reasons for their suspension.
The university says that the chapter may request an appeal of the suspension within 10 days. Additionally, Delta Kappa Epsilon will be eligible to apply for recognition on May 31, 2022.
“Following an administrative hearing last week, the university’s decision cited a failure to follow a mutually-agreed-upon social events risk management plan, hosting an unauthorized party with a keg, and repeated lack of compliance with the directions of university officials. The organization had been on deferred suspension following Code of Conduct violations from the previous year,” Wake Forest University said in a statement.
The suspension of Delta Kappa Epsilon at Wake Forest University is the latest major fraternity or sorority lawsuit, investigation, suspension or closure in the last year, as schools such as Indiana University, the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Texas State, Florida State, Ball State, Louisiana State and Penn State have all suspended fraternities in the wake of hazing and alcohol deaths.
These reports come amidst similar allegations that have been made against fraternities nationwide, including Sigma Alpha Epsilon at East Carolina University, who was shut down for hazing and the Lambda Chi Alpha chapter at the University of Arkansas which has been accused of taking sexually explicit photographs of women without their permission.
In response to incidents like these, fraternities such Phi Kappa Psi have made numerous changes to their code of conduct in an effort to address the issues that have arisen. In addition, schools such as Texas State, West Virginia University, and Penn State University have introduced new Greek Life rules to try and prevent these problems.