More than 23 students were asked to leave DePauw University’s Delta Zeta Chapter, one of the oldest chapters in the country. The sorority was subsequently removed from campus because those who were kicked out of the sorority felt that they were asked to leave because of what they looked like.
“We at DePauw believe that the values of our University and those of Delta Zeta sorority are incompatible,” said DePauw University President Robert G. Bottoms, according to national reports.
The president of the Delta Zeta Chapter at UT declined to comment on the situation.
“We would hope that the basis was untrue,” said Casey Stevens, Greek Life director. “This is definitely not what our value-based organizations stand for.”
Stevens also commented that the organization’s values need to be clearly stated.
“…They need to define what their values are and make decisions that support their values. They must provide resources for undergrads to live by the values in a daily basis. The executive staff and older members need to be role models.”
Stevens hopes students don’t look down upon these organizations after an event like this.
“We hope that they see the Greek community as open and diverse,” Stevens said. “We don’t want our undergrads to feel the same way they felt [at Depauw].”