January 09, 2009

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LEWISBURG, Pa. -- The Iota Chapter of Kappa Delta Rho at Bucknell University will be suspended for a period of four years, effective Jan. 1, University President Brian C. Mitchell announced this week. Gary Buchmann, president of the KDR Alumni Corporation, supported the decision in a letter released with the University’s announcement.

“The suspension has been necessitated by the current brotherhood’s continued conduct and safety violations, and despite the continued best efforts of the Alumni Association and the dean of students’ staff,” President Mitchell said.

In winter 2007, the KDR Alumni Corporation decided to close the chapter house effective spring 2008 in an effort to address its serious ongoing concerns with the conduct of the chapter. The chapter house re-opened this fall. The University finally concluded after a series of new incidents that different action was required.

“We had hoped that the temporary suspension of house privileges and direct support and assistance of concerned alumni last spring would reform those behaviors,” Mitchell said. “Unfortunately that effort proved unsuccessful.”

The latest action allows re-colonization of the chapter to be initiated no earlier than the fall semester of 2012. Reactivation of the chapter, upon compliance with then-prevailing conditions for recognition of Greek fraternities on campus, will be permitted for a period of three years following the suspension, from Jan. 1, 2013, until Dec. 31, 2015. If re-colonization and recognition have not occurred by that date, the suspension would become permanent.

The Alumni Corporation owns the property upon which the house is located. The deed to that parcel of land has a clause that requires it to be used as an active fraternity house and, if not so used, to revert to Bucknell. Given the historic dedication and commitment of the Kappa Delta Rho brotherhood and its many distinguished alumni to Bucknell, the University has pledged not to invoke that clause during the seven-year period of suspension.

“It is unfortunate that this action is necessary, and our hope is that Iota Chapter will re-establish its eminence and distinction in the future,” Mitchell said.

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