Organization Status

Current Status: Fraternities and Sororities

Effective September 2017, the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Life publishes the status of all recognized and formerly recognized fraternities and sororities and a summary of the findings of responsibility and sanctions made in cases involving fraternities and sororities for the previous two academic years in order to provide disclosure to students considering joining a fraternity or sorority and a way of assisting organizations demonstrate accountability to the larger university community.  This information will be updated monthly to reflect the organizations' disciplinary histories and current statuses.

Glossary of Organizational Status Terms

Organization Status describes the organization’s current relationship to Tufts University.  Generally organizations are on one of the following statuses:

  • In Good Standing: This status describes fraternities or sororities that are officially recognized student organizations, are currently approved by InterGreek Council or other appropriate governing council, and are currently permitted to conduct normal operations. Organizations in good standing are expected to abide by all existing University policies. 
  • Cease and Desist: If an investigation is being conducted or a hearing with the Committee on Student Life (CSL) is pending, a chapter may be put on a temporary Cease and Desist status. Cease and desist orders require the chapter to temporarily stop all activity, including but not limited to individual initiated member/new member gatherings, recruitment events, social events, and new member meetings. Any necessary fraternity business meetings may be pre-approved by the OFSL.
  • Disciplinary Probation: An organization is not in good standing with the University after having been found responsible for serious violations of University policy or subsequent violations after prior disciplinary action. This may be determined by a hearing through the IGC Judiciary or the CSL. Violations of the terms of Disciplinary Probation, which are specified in the chapter’s outcome letter, or any new violations of University policy while the chapter is on probation may result in the revocation of the organization’s recognition.  Organizations on disciplinary probation are permitted to conduct operations as usual unless additional modifications to operating status are made in the chapter outcome letter.
  • Social Probation: The organization is unable to host social events with alcohol. During social probation, chapters are not permitted to coordinate and/or hold social events with alcohol. This includes social functions with alcohol in the chapter house, brothers’ homes, or third party venues. Social probation has no limit to minimum or maximum duration. Recruitment, new member education, educational events, and philanthropy events are allowed during social probation.
  • Suspension: The organization’s recognition is suspended by the University for a specified period of time. The suspension may be deferred provided that the organization complete the requirements outlined from a disciplinary hearing. Further violations could result in the permanent revocation of the organization’s University recognition.
  • Revocation of Recognition: The CSL may decide that an organization’s recognition is revoked by the University indefinitely. This decision may only come as a decision by the CSL. If an organization cooperates with the university in the revocation of recognition, they may have an opportunity to return to campus in a re-colonization effort no less than four years later. The revocation of recognition may be deferred provided that organization complete the requirements outlined from a disciplinary hearing. 

Participation in fall 2017 recruitment describes whether or not the organization is currently approved to recruit new members for the upcoming recruitment cycle.   Organizations who are eligible may participate in recruitment activities, host recruitment events, extend invitations to join organizations, and initiate new members.  Eligibility to participate in recruitment activities may be conditioned on supervision or other contingencies.  Organizations who are not eligible to recruit may not formally or informally host events designed to recruit members, formally or informally extend invitations to join the organization, ask students to defer participating in another recruitment process, or initiate new members.

Recent disciplinary history is included for organizations found responsible for violations of the Tufts Code of Conduct or other policies and for organizations with a serious case currently pending that has resulted in a cease and desist order.  Cases in which an adjudication resulted in a finding of not responsible and pending cases that have not resulted in cease and desist orders are not listed.  Disciplinary history is listed by policies violated because describing the exact circumstances of any particular incident could identify individuals involved in that incident.  It is important to understand that the degree and severity of each policy violation are taken into account during sanctioning, so two violations of the same policy often result in different sanctions.  

Organizational Statuses

Organization
Status Participation in Fall Recruitment 2017 Recent Disciplinary History
Alpha Phi In Good Standing Yes  
Alpha Omicron Pi In Good Standing Yes  
ATO of Massachusetts In Good Standing Yes  
Chi Omega Resolution Pending Yes

Investigation complete in August 2017. Resolution is in progress according to the Student Judicial Process.

Delta Tau Delta Disciplinary Probation until June 2019 Yes

Found responsible for hazing, alcohol policy violations, sexual harassment, and academic integrity policy violations in June 2017. These findings of responsibility resulted in disciplinary suspension (expired June 6, 2017), two years of disciplinary probation (effective June 7, 2017 to June 7, 2019), a requirement to revise recruitment and new member plan, a requirement that no alcohol is permitted at chapter social events for a specified period of time, requirements for all members to receive training on hazing prevention, bystander intervention, and a variety of other topics, and other sanctions meant to promote education and safety.

Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

*City-Wide

In Good Standing Yes  
Delta Upsilon Cease and Desist No Investigation complete in August 2017. Resolution is in progress according to the Student Judicial Process.

Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

*City-Wide

In Good Standing Yes  
Kappa Alpha Theta In Good Standing Yes  

Lambda Pi Chi

*City-Wide

In Good Standing Yes  
Pi Delta Closed: No Longer Recognized by Tufts University No In January 2017, the chapter chose to dissolve rather than resolving allegations of misconduct.
Pi Rho Omega Disciplinary Probation until December 2017 Yes Found responsible for hazing and sexual harassment in June 2017. This finding of responsibility resulted in probation (effective until December 2017), a requirement to revise recruitment and new member plan, requirements for all members to receive training on hazing prevention, bystander intervention, and a variety of other topics, and other sanctions meant to promote education and safety.
Sigma Nu Closed: No Longer Recognized by Tufts University No Found responsible for alcohol policy violations and hazing in April 2015. The finding of responsibility resulted in the organization being closed.
Theta Chi Cease and Desist No Investigation complete in August 2017. Resolution is in progress according to the Student Judicial Process.
Theta Delta Chi Cease and Desist No Investigation complete in August 2017. Resolution is in progress according to the Student Judicial Process.
Zeta Psi Cease and Desist No Investigation complete in August 2017. Resolution is in progress according to the Student Judicial Process.
Zeta Beta Tau In Good Standing Yes