Sigma Delta Tau’s upperclassmen and leadership removed

The Sigma Delta Tau sorority’s National Board of Directors has removed upperclassman members and leaders from its GW chapter, national sorority officials said Friday.

The dismissal came as the result of “an internal investigation of risk management violations” conducted last week, said Ann Braly, executive director of Sigma Delta Tau’s national organization. The sorority was suspended by its National Council Nov. 4 to address the concerns.

It is unclear who the new chapter executive members are, so they could not be reached for comment. The sorority’s president as of the end of October, junior Erin Mavian, told The Hatchet earlier this month that she was no longer affiliated with Sigma Delta Tau.

The removal of members comes nine months after national leaders kicked out some GW chapter members because of “general chapter management” concerns in February.

Braly said last week that a team from the sorority’s national organization was appointed to “develop a reorganization plan focusing on the sorority’s core values.” The team will work closely with the sorority’s newly appointed chapter officers in “creating a full calendar of events for spring 2006.”

Beth Gruber, president of Sigma Delta Tau’s national organization, said Sigma Delta Tau “has all the components to ensure a successful chapter at GW.” Braly said the GW chapter will hold a membership recruitment program early next semester.

Tracy Schario, GW’s director of Media Relations, said the University, through the Office of Greek Life, is continuing to work with Sigma Delta Tau in addressing issues related to chapter operations and risk management.

“If there is wrong doing, GW’s Office of Student Judicial Services will investigate potential violations of the ‘Code of Student Conduct,'” Schario said.

Under the Code of Student Conduct, individuals and possibly the sorority can be charged with violations, Schario added.

Last February the national organization released a report on the GW chapter, which led to the removal of some the organization’s members, including some chapter leaders.

A report sent to The Hatchet in February did not specify why the members were asked to leave.

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