The Executive Board of Tri Delta today announced the withdrawal of the charter for its Beta Psi Chapter at Union College in Schenectady, New York, effective immediately. This decision is the result of an onsite chapter evaluation, member review and subsequent member resignations and terminations following allegations of hazing.
Fraternity President Kimberlee Di Fede Sullivan made the following statement regarding the chapter closure:
“As leaders of the sorority and fraternity community, we have a responsibility to ensure a safe and rewarding experience for our members. Tri Delta has a zero-tolerance policy against hazing. Allegations of hazing are investigated thoroughly and are dealt with swiftly, with the utmost care and concern for our members.
Beta Psi Chapter is being closed due to members’ demonstrated inability to comply with Tri Delta’s clearly-stated policy against hazing, despite extensive education. Further, our onsite investigation determined that significant culture change within the chapter is unlikely, given the current campus climate. This is especially unfortunate for those remaining members devoted to Tri Delta’s Purpose.
It is important to note the details of chapter closures are not something Tri Delta shares publicly. However, in this case, we believe it is crucial for organizations like ours to send a strong message to all of our members, as well as student organizations and campus communities across North America about the seriousness of the dangerous and reckless behaviors associated with hazing.
We are deeply saddened by the decisions made by members of our chapter at Union College and share the disappointment of the many alumnae who will feel the full impact of this decision.”