The University of Arizona has cut ties with yet another troubled fraternity — the eighth in three years — this time because the group’s head office has withdrawn recognition of the student organization.
The local chapter of Delta Tau Delta, which has been on the UA campus since 1959, was suspended by the fraternity’s national headquarters July 1 for “repeated violations” of policies that aim to protect students from harm and for poor academic performance among new members, a news release from the national office in Indiana said.
The chapter already was on probation with the UA for hazing, alcohol violations and other infractions when the national suspension came down, university officials said.
Fraternity brothers who belonged to the local chapter were provided with guidance and opportunities to mend their ways but failed to do so, the national organization said.
“The chapter demonstrated it was not willing to move in a new direction,” it said.
The UA requires fraternities to be in good standing with their national headquarters in order to be recognized as a UA-affiliated student group, so the national office suspension precipitated the related action by the university on July 2, the UA said in a news release Tuesday.
The fraternity could apply to resurrect a chapter at some point. The national office said it would work with the university and alumni of the fraternity “to prepare for a return when appropriate.”
Seven other UA fraternities have been shut down for chronic misconduct since 2012, either by the UA or by national fraternity organizations.
They include Theta Chi, Phi Kappa Psi, Delta Chi, Tau Kappa Epsilon, Pi Kappa Phi, Phi Gamma Delta and Delta Sigma Phi.