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OXFORD, OHIO, January 27, 2023 – Today Beta Theta Pi is announcing the closure and disbandment of its Delta Epsilon Chapter at the University of Puget Sound.

Recruiting only 15 men since the spring 2021 term – and initiating even fewer – the chapter has dwindled to seven active members, three of whom are expected to graduate this spring. Considered alongside other campus challenges, the remaining members voted unanimously in early December to relinquish their charter.

“As chief volunteer on the Fraternity’s Board of Trustees, I want to assure you that it is extraordinarily and emotionally difficult any time a chapter must be closed,” said Beta Theta Pi General John Stebbins, Emory ’92. “I thank the undergraduate leaders, volunteers, Administrative Office staff and campus professionals who put forward their best efforts to support, guide and motivate these men over the years. Although they were ultimately unsuccessful, they were, no doubt, significant and sincere.”

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 140 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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