Editor's note: Jerome Ratchford, Kennesaw State University's vice president for student success, released this statement this afternoon. For background on the hazing allegations against the Kennesaw Chapter of Delta Chi Fraternity, read Kennesaw State Suspends Fraternity for 2½ Years.
Kennesaw State University is responsible for the safety and well-being of all its students. To ensure that the student life experience is safe, educational and enjoyable, the University monitors student activities and programs recognizing and rewarding appropriate behaviors and sanctioning individuals and organizations that violate rules and policies.
On October 1, 2012, University officials suspended the chapter of Delta Chi fraternity for two years after a hearing by Kennesaw State’s Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity found evidence of misconduct. Delta Chi is suspended from all activities, functions and gatherings for the duration of the sanction. Members of the fraternity are not allowed to attend fraternity or sorority functions as Delta Chi. They also are not permitted to recruit or conduct new member programs and may not function or operate on any level while the suspension is being served. The suspension will remain in place until the fall 2014 semester. At the beginning of the spring 2015 semester, assuming the fraternity has completed all sanctions, they will be permitted to conduct new member recruitment.
On October 8, 2012, Delta Chi filed an appeal with the University. Per Kennesaw State policy, the University has 30-days to respond.