FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OXFORD, OHIO, February 23, 2023 – Today Beta Theta Pi is announcing the closure and disbandment of its Delta Delta Chapter at Bowling Green State University.
Reaching a sustainable membership size has presented an obstacle for the chapter almost since its reestablishment in fall 2019, notably due to the unforeseen yet lasting effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Seriously limiting the young group’s ability to establish rapport and camaraderie with one another or prospective new members, the chapter’s recruitment efforts have since been unable to outpace its graduation and attrition rates.
“Combined with a hazing-related interfraternal death in spring 2021 that has left the student body grieving and skeptical of Greek-letter organizations campuswide, I believe this situation is insurmountable,” said Beta Theta Pi General John Stebbins, Emory ’92. “I know this announcement is especially difficult for the passionate Delta Delta Chapter alumni and advisors, many of whom have gone above and beyond in giving their time and treasure to see these men succeed.”
All initiated undergraduates have been placed on “alumni” status and no longer retain the rights or privileges of an active member of the Fraternity. Members will be entitled to the full rights and privileges of all Beta Theta Pi alumni upon graduation, so long as their behavior continues to align with the expectations of Beta alumni and the university.
Beta Theta Pi is a college fraternity committed to developing men of principle for a principled life. Founded in 1839, today Beta serves more than 9,700 undergraduate members on 139 campuses across North America, 140,000 living alumni members and 1,800 volunteers. The Fraternity’s Administrative Office is located near its founding site at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
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