SJS reprimands Delta Tau Delta

Student Judicial Services charged Delta Tau Delta last week for violating University alcohol policies at a February “Rock the Vote” party that ended in eight arrests for underage drinking. The fraternity is on social probation until members complete alcohol-education programs after SJS handed down sanctions Tuesday, Delta Tau Delta President Bob Simon said.

Interfraternity Council President Jared David said SJS charged the fraternity with violating GW rules for student organization parties. Among other violations the fraternity mismanaged beer handed out during the BYOB party for Student Association candidates, David said.

Under IFC self-governance policy passed by the IFC last spring, SJS forwarded University Police reports to the IFC to investigate and recommend possible punishment, David said. The IFC’s judicial board found that the fraternity had “more likely than not” committed several violations, and sent its findings to SJS.

The IFC recommended SJS sanction the fraternity for “poor beer collection and poor beer distribution,” David said. He said Delta Tau Delta members did not have a clear way to collect beer guests brought to the party or a well-lit area to distribute it so fraternity members could see black Xs on the hands of underage guests.

The IFC Judicial Board also found that Delta Tau Delta violated GW’s guest-list policy because members allowed at least one person in who was not on the list, David said. He said Delta Tau Delta did not include enough sober monitors and IFC- and University-approved security guards at the event.

Simon said the fraternity will stay on social probation, which prohibits them from having any social events, until the sanctions are completed. He said he expects the fraternity to complete the sanctions within two weeks.

“Education works far better than punishment,” Simon said. “I value education over everything else.”

Every member of the fraternity must participate in IFC-led risk management training, David said. David said he will teach the course, which is usually headed by IFC Risk Management Chair Anthony Morris, a Delta Tau Delta member who was at the party.

The training will teach the fraternity members to follow a checklist at future social events reminding them to provide sufficient food, soft drinks, one well-lit entrance, several well-lit exits, alcohol bracelets and other provisions to minimize risk.

David said 46 members of the fraternity participated in a training session Thursday, and 25 more are set to take a session this week.

Delta Tau Delta’s executive board is also required to create “how-to” pamphlets outlining common-sense instructions for future social events, David said.

“What happened was unfortunate and an organization was charged, and under self-governance we held each other accountable,” David said. “In the end, the charged organization is accepting responsibility and that’s exactly how it’s supposed to work.”

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