COLUMBIA — MU's chapter of Delta Upsilon fraternity has been suspended by the fraternity's International Board of Directors until at least the fall 2018 semester, according to a news release from the national organization.
The fraternity was suspended for repeated violations of fraternity and university policy and state law, according to the release. Chapter operations have stopped indefinitely, and all members are suspended from fraternity activities.
The suspension was not related to a September incident in which members of MU's Legion of Black Collegians reported being harassed and called racist slurs by members of Delta Upsilon. The board said reports of illegal drug use were not taken into consideration.
Delta Upsilon was already on suspension. The fraternity's international office and MU suspended the organization on Sept. 28 following the report of racist slurs.
The two-year suspension is a result of the fraternity violating policy during social events on Aug. 27, Sept. 9 and Sept. 16, according to the release. Delta Upsilon also violated the terms of its temporary suspension.
"The chapter has struggled to follow Fraternity policy despite unprecedented levels of support from staff, alumni and the university," Justin Kirk, Delta Upsilon International Fraternity executive director, said in the release.
Board members voted to suspend the chapter on Nov. 19 following a meeting of eight undergraduate fraternity members and two alumni advisers. MU's chapter was notified Monday.
The fraternity house, located at 711 Tiger Ave., opened in fall 2015. Since then, MU's chapter has been the subject of multiple allegations of misconduct, including distributing alcohol to minors, hazing, physical abuse and providing "date rape" drugs to pledges. Delta Upsilon has been sanctioned by MU 18 times over the past year.
MU spokesman Christian Basi said the university has not taken other actions or sanctions against the fraternity since the September suspension. He said MU is supporting the national organization and working with it to restart the campus chapter in 2018 "and help it get on the right path moving forward."
The campus fraternity house is owned by a local corporation of alumni, and students living there may stay until the end of the spring semester. They will not be able to represent themselves as members of Delta Upsilon.
Kirk said that suspended members will not be charged fees from the fraternity. Those who continue to live in the house will pay rent to the alumni board.
Gust Mossides, the MU chapter’s vice president of external relations, said he believes many members will choose to move out of the house even before they’re required to.
“A lot of people are moving out of the house because we feel like this isn’t an environment we want to live in,” Mossides said. “We feel we’ve been treated unfairly by the association.”
Police responded to several reports of misconduct at the fraternity in September. On Sept. 10, a female student tripped and hit her head at Gillette Hall after she had been drinking at Delta Upsilon. That night, the police also responded to two calls at the fraternity's house: a female had drunk too much and a male had been pushed down the house stairs. On Sept. 16, MU police arrived at Johnston Hall in response to a call about a half-naked woman who appeared to be very intoxicated and was spreading feces on the wall outside of her room. She told police she had been at a party at Delta Upsilon earlier that night.
MU's Interfraternity Council tweeted a statement Tuesday afternoon saying it had learned the Delta Upsilon chapter had been suspended by its international board for repeated policy violations.
The statement continued: "We expect that our chapters be held responsible for their actions through due process, and we support this decision. Further, we will continue to work to hold our member chapters to the highest standard to ensure they foster an environment where fraternity men uphold our shared values and standards."
Mossides said the chapter has already begun the appeal process and has been receiving direction from its alumni board. The chapter hopes to be taken off suspension before fall of 2018.
“DU goes by the motto, ‘justice our foundation,’ and I don’t believe we were given justice,” Mossides said.
Missourian reporters MyLynda Stubblefield, Annie Marion, Erin Schroeder and Taylor Banks contributed to this report.
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