Despite increases in participation and philanthropy, Columbia’s Greek community has not been without controversy this year.
Zeta Beta Tau
Zeta Beta Tau national decided to suspend operations at Columbia after the members of Columbia’s chapter resigned their membership in the organization, ZBT announced Wednesday morning.
Zeta Beta Tau will suspend operations at Columbia until the fall of 2015, The Lion reported Tuesday afternoon.
Multiple ZBT alumni have confirmed what students have long suspected: ZBT was not put on probation for hazing its own pledges, and was not alone among the Columbia fraternities in its involvement with the new women on the field hockey team.
Organized by the new Hazing Prevention Task Force, which Interim Dean of Student Affairs Terry Martinez announced last spring, the awareness campaign runs through Friday and aims to start a conversation among students about hazing.
Special interest housing, mental health, and the first female dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Science are among the storylines to follow this year.
Administrators determined that this celebration constituted an unregistered party, and was thus a violation of ZBT's social probation following a hazing incident.
Student Affairs and Zeta Beta Tau officials would not deny rumors Wednesday night that Columbia’s ZBT chapter has lost its brownstone.
From the Brownstone Review Committee last fall, to the assignment of new East Campus townhouses this winter, to Zeta Beta Tau’s hazing infraction—which jeopardized the fraternity’s charter—Greek life was in the news throughout the year.
If ZBT does not adhere to an action plan approved by Shollenberger or is found responsible for any additional violations, its charter will be rescinded and members will be immediately removed from the organization’s house.
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