Students can expect a little entropy among Greek organizations.
The Panhellenic Delegate Council has announced that it will allow a new sorority to open on campus next year, and the Council extended an invitation to Delta Delta Delta (Tri Delta).
Three years ago, the national executive committee of Delta Delta Delta launched an investigation into the Penn State chapter. This came after allegations that its Alpha Phi chapter had committed “hazing and risk management violations.” In December 2009, the executive board revoked the chapter’s charter. Penn State’s Panhel banned Tri Delta sisters from joining other sororities.
The sisters maintained a bond through their co-ed THON organization, Trilogy.
Although time has progressed, the university’s knowledge of what happened has stood still. The Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life, the Panhellenic Council, and the Delta Delta Delta executive board have never disclosed the exact nature of the offenses. All Tri Delta has said that the Penn State sister “violated the Penn State Code of Conduct and Tri Delta Policy.” [PDF]
Thus, history is doomed to repeat itself for Penn State’s Greek life. In the past year, the university has been the target of criticism for the campus’s culture of secrecy. As Jack Wagner reported, the administration loved to vacillate between public and private status and he called for greater transparency. In accordance with the Clery Act, the university must disclose all crimes that happen on campus, and fraternities and sororities should be no exception.
It is imperative for the Panhellenic Council destroy her culture of secrecy — in this case, disclose what actually happened to Tri-Delt — or they cannot be leaders against crime in our community.