By Vinny Craig, Staff Writer
The University of Michigan: Ann Arbor’s Zeta Beta Tau chapter has been revoked after a vote by the International Fraternity Headquarters on Jan. 9. This comes after an investigation found incidents of hazing within the University of Michigan chapter.
“Through the course of this investigation it became clear that members were violating various Fraternity policies, including those which prohibit hazing,” said the statement from the Zeta Beta Tau ‘s national organization.
The revoking of privileges to Zeta Beta Tau comes after The Michigan Daily reported in November that the Interfraternity Council, a governing body for Greek Life organizations by students, halted all Greek Life activity after misconducts including sexual harassment, hazing and drug use.
The IFC was looking to “begin a phased process of restoring social event privileges” to Greek Life organization on January 3.
“The phased process will involve chapters being notified of specific action plans they will need to complete… These action plans were designed to guide chapters to effectively address their specific needs,” the IFC said in a newsletter on January 3.
“We are confident that the 27 chapters of IFC will take the necessary steps to address the chapter policies and practices to more fully comply with expectations for the management of social events,” the IFC said.
Zeta Beta Tau has a history of misconduct issues dating back to 2012 when the chapter was shut down. It was currently seeking to re-establish itself on the Ann Arbor campus.
“The actions of the brothers of the Colony at the University of Michigan violated our policies and acted in ways antithetical to our mission and values,” ZBT’s release said. “Health and safety is a top priority of Zeta Beta Tau, and we are committed to facilitating a positive fraternity experience,” they added.
As a safety against such practices, ZBT ended pledging in 1989, adding they “we were the first fraternity to do so,” in their statement.
Greek Life problems are not new to the U-M’s campus as president Mark Schlissel spoke about those issues, and how to reform them, in a 2015 speech to the Detroit Economic Club.
“The students moderate some of the risky behavior… they may naturally wither and people may want to stop joining them [fraternities],” Schlissel said. “There is a culture problem not only among students of Greek life but significantly inside of Greek life having to do with the overuse of alcohol, which really does need to be moderated.”