All members of the University of Washington’s Beta Theta Pi fraternity must move out of the house on Greek Row as part of a decision by its international organizationto disband the fraternity because of a hazing incident earlier this year.
There are 126 members of the fraternity, 80 of whom live in the chapter house at the corner of Northeast 47th Street and 17th Avenue Northeast, about a block north of the UW campus.
The UW chapter had been suspended since October while the international office investigated the hazing complaint, said Judson Horras, administrative secretary of that office, which is located in Oxford, Ohio.
“The chapter has been extremely cooperative and has taken responsibility, which is rare and refreshing for undergraduate men,” he said. “So we’ve been trying to be slow and deliberate.”
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He said the organization is waiting on the UW to decide how long the Beta Theta Pi chapter should remain disbanded. When the fraternity regroups, he said, all the former members will be thoroughly vetted to understand what their role in the hazing was.
“All of them would have to reapply,” he said, and an adult live-in adviser and alumni-advisory team would be assembled to oversee the chapter.
Horras declined to say anything about the nature of the hazing, saying he would release further details after the UW made its decision.
“There are a lot of involved alums who have been shocked and disappointed, but they feel like they still want to have a chapter on campus,” he said.
Beta Theta Pi was founded in 1839 at Miami University of Ohio. Its mission is to “develop men of principle for a principled life.”
Also this week, a fraternity at Washington State University, Phi Kappa Tau, lost its recognition on the WSU campus until August 2017 after allegations of hazing and conduct violation. That investigation was done by the WSU’s Office of Student Standards and Accountability. The fraternity has said it will appeal the decision through the Whitman County Court.