Carroll University Suspends Century-Old Fraternity 'Indefinitely'
Citing Beta Pi Epsilon's inability to find an adviser and a record of "disruptive" conduct, Carroll University informs alumni of 106-year-old fraternity that it has been suspended.
The inability to find a faculty adviser for the Beta Pi Epsilon fraternity was the last straw for Carroll University.
The 106-year-old fraternity has been suspended from the university “indefinitely,” according to a letter from the university to fraternity alumni. The fraternity missed two deadlines to obtain an adviser, the letter states.
“Unfortunately, in more recent years, current members of the fraternity have fallen short in their academic endeavors and their conduct record has frequently proven disruptive,” the letter states. “This has placed the fraternity in an untenable position. These issues have continued after several years of concerted efforts on the part of Beta Pi Epsilon alumni and university administrators to help correct the performance of current members.”
The letter states the university will work with the fraternity’s members to restart the fraternity with its key values — strong academics, community service, philanthropy and to be respected young men.
Beta Pi Epsilon had 30 current members as of November 2011.
“It would be our sincere hope that Beta Pi Epsilon fraternity could be restarted with a new dedication to uphold the fraternity’s traditions and values,” the letter states.
The fraternity’s Facebook page has been filled with comments supporting the Beta Pi Epsilon members since they were informed about the suspension. Comments range from thanking the fraternity for its involvement in picking up trash in the community to saying the fraternity members are “a great bunch of young men.”
The fraternity responded to the comments of support on its Facebook page:
“The support everyone is giving is amazing! Thank you so much for everything that you're doing! WE LOVE YOU ALL!”
Patch attempted to contact the fraternity members via its Facebook page, but as of late Wednesday has not received any replies.
Meanwhile, a local blogger from Carroll University shared her support for the fraternity. The blogger, Stacy Jantz, wrote how Greek life at the university affected her four years at Carroll:
As a freshman at Carroll, Beta Pi Epsilon was the first Greek organization that I encountered. They are an extremely outgoing group of men who gave me such a positive outlook on Greek life, and this impression never faded. Every campus or Greek life event that has Betas in attendance is bound to be successful.