Delta Upsilon suspends MU chapter for violating state law

The Delta Upsilon International Fraternity board of directors suspended its Missouri Chapter, according to a press release.

The suspension comes after “repeated violations of Fraternity and university policy and state law,” according to the press release. Under the suspension, all chapter operations are indefinitely put on hold, and all initiated members have been placed on suspended status.

DU members’ alleged use of racial slurs toward members of the Legion of Black Collegians in September was not a factor in the chapter’s suspension. MU temporarily suspended DU following the incident.

The decision was made after a Nov. 19 hearing where eight undergraduate members and two alumni advisors met with the board of directors, according to the press release. The chapter was notified of the suspension Dec. 5, once the details of the suspension were finalized.

“The decision to close any chapter is extremely difficult, the Missouri Chapter has been an important part of the Fraternity and the university community for decades,” Justin Kirk, Delta Upsilon International Fraternity Executive Director said in a news release. “However, in recent years, the chapter has struggled to follow Fraternity policy despite unprecedented levels of support from staff, alumni and the university.”

Those currently living in the house have the option to stay through the spring semester but will not be allowed to represent themselves as a DU chapter.

Delta Upsilon said they negotiated a potential return to MU as early as fall 2018.

MU declined to comment, saying the decision was made by the national chapter.

FULL PRESS RELEASE:

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