Drug, alcohol violations shut down fraternity at GVSU

ALLENDALE, MICH. - After repeated drug and alcohol policy violations, one fraternity on Grand Valley State University's campus has shut down. 

Delta Upsilon announced Thursday that is had revoked the Allendale-based charter immediately, stating that the decision was "difficult" to make at the February 17 hearing with chapter delegates and the board of directors. 

According to a news release posted on the Delta Upsilon website, the chapter violated a number of "Fraternity Loss Prevention Policies" that involve alcohol and drugs during the fall 2016 semester. The chapter and/or chapter members were also reported to be involved in multiple reports of violations with GVSU's policies over the course of the past 18 months.

"Delta Upsilon is committed to being the premiere men's fraternity on college campuses today. As such, we hold our members and chapters to a set a standards that, unfortunately, the Grand Valley State Chapter could not sustain," said Delta Upsilon Executive Director Justin Kirk.

The chapter operations have ceased immediately. Delta Upsilon says that all chapter members have been given alumni status, while associate members have been released.  The men currently living in the frat house have individual leases are able to stay in the house to finish the semester per the property owner's discretion. 

The fraternity may be considered for reinstatement at a later date, determined by the international organization and GVSU, however this won't happen until all current members are placed on alumni status, have graduated or left the university. 

"The University believes that a strong fraternity/sorority community contributes much to the life of the campus," said Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students, Dr. Eileen Sullivan. "Because of that, we look forward to working with the general fraternity headquarters to determine a date that we will welcome Delta Upsilon back to GVSU." 

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