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Dartmouth Closes Zeta Psi Fraternity

Press Release - May 11, 2001

Hanover, N.H. -- Dartmouth College officials today notified the Zeta Psi fraternity at Dartmouth that the organization has permanently lost its recognition by the College. The decision means that the fraternity will cease to exist at Dartmouth.

The derecognition is the result of a finding by the Dean of Residential Life, Martin W. Redman, that the fraternity harassed specific fellow students and violated ethical standards that Dartmouth student organizations agree to uphold, by periodically creating and circulating among Zeta Psi members "newsletters" that purported to describe exploits, many of them of a sexual nature, of various members of the fraternity and other students.

The publications, which the fraternity subsequently described as satire, included use of the names and photographs of specific Dartmouth undergraduate women in descriptions of these purported exploits, and a promise of "patented date-rape techniques" in a future issue.

Dartmouth President James Wright said, "Zeta Psi undermined fundamental values we hold dear. When such conduct violates our standards, the College must take action."

Dean Redman presented his findings of fact, his judgments and his sanction decision to the fraternity today, after nearly two weeks of disciplinary proceedings which included a hearing on May 6. That hearing involved members of the fraternity as well as their representatives and the students who had brought complaints against the fraternity.

Under the terms of the derecognition, members of Zeta Psi who are living in the house now may continue to do so through the end of the current spring term on June 10. After that date no members of the fraternity may live there. Effective immediately, the fraternity will no longer be allowed to hold meetings, social activities or other functions.

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