VALPARAISO | A fraternity at Valparaiso University lost its national charter this month — bringing an end to its 53 years on campus.
The Beta Lambda chapter of the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity had its charter revoked by its national board of directors.
Carolyn Whittier, assistant dean of students for Greek life, leadership and volunteer programs, said the revocation came April 2 after violations of both university and national fraternity policy, although she would not specify the infractions.
“No university or national fraternity enters into a conversation lightly about closing a chapter. It is significant and serious and was given full consideration before that happens, so this was serious,” Whittier said.
The fraternity house, in the 800 block of Union Street, is owned by the Beta Lambda chapter's alumni housing corporation called Omicron Delta Inc. Future dispensation of that building will be that group's decision, Whittier said.
Brian Dziedzinski, the president of the Beta Lambda chapter alumni house corporation, did not return calls for comment.
Sigma Tau Gamma’s national organization, whose motto is “a path of principals,” issued a statement from Addison Schopp, director of chapter development.
“Beta Lambda Chapter, Valparaiso University Sigma Tau Gamma Fraternity has closed its Beta Lambda chapter at Valparaiso University for violations of fraternity policy. Beta Lambda chapter was originally chartered in 1960 and has a proud history at Valparaiso. Sigma Tau Gamma is committed to working in close partnership with Valparaiso University and our dedicated alumni to re‐establish Beta Lambda chapter in the future.”
“From a university perspective, we’re saddened by the decision of the men that resulted in their charter being revoked" Whittier said. "But we are going to ensure the health and safety of our students at all times.”
A number of other sororities and fraternities recently have been placed on probation for infractions of university policy but Whittier said that the problems do not constitute a trend.
“We have had a series of other allegations that have come into my office that I have investigated, ranging from low level to significant. We currently have three chapters under some sort of probationary terms for a variety of violations,” she said.
“Closure of a chapter is a significant decision, but the other situations are fairly normal and so the opportunity to work with the students to appropriately respond and get back to normal is part of the cadence throughout the year,” she said.