Following the University’s placement of the Xi Chapter of Psi Upsilon on probationary housing status for the rest of 2015, as well as banning all social activities at the fraternity, and Psi U’s Wespeak in January announcing their plan for coeducation, the fraternity’s program housing status has been suspended for the entire 2015-2016 academic year, according to an all campus email sent this afternoon by President Roth and Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Whaley. In addition, the property has been deemed off limits to Wesleyan students for the duration of the suspension, similar to the sanctions placed on Beta Theta Pi last fall.
Psi U was the only remaining single-sex frat on campus whose national chapter allowed co-education, and the fraternity concluded its first co-ed rush at the end of the school year, with plans to fully co-educate by the three year timeline President Roth set in September. We will update with more info as it comes in.
Updated (8/3/15 7:54 PM):
Statement from Psi U published in The Argus:
We are writing in response to President Roth’s announcement today to suspend Psi Upsilon’s housing status for at least the 2015-16 academic year as a result of alleged illegal activity involving a person who was not a Wesleyan student occurring near the House after the completion of spring term.
This is the second time the University has levied punishment against the House and its members without formal criminal charges being made or adjudicated.
Last year, in an effort to support the University and protect its reputation, we reluctantly accepted social sanctions–even though we objected to the lack of due process afforded to the House or its members.
We find this year’s action and the administration’s continued pattern and manner of imposing punishment to be objectionable, and the lack of due process contrary to Wesleyan’s ideals. We do not accept the rush to judgment, trial by media, and continued damage to the reputation of our House that has played an important role at Wesleyan for almost 175 years.
We are only now being made aware of the situation and, again, no individuals have been named or identified to us. Make no mistake, we have clear and absolute rules and regulations of our own, and we do not condone any illegal conduct in the House or by fraternity members. If formal charges are filed we will fully support law enforcement and expel from membership any individuals who have acted contrary to our long held operating guidelines.
Until then, however, punishing the entire House by making it off limits to any student activity seems reactionary and excessive. After working with the administration, we were looking forward to celebrating our first year with women as full members and residents of the House, and we find it regrettable that the University has taken this action that frustrates our efforts to become coeducational.
The Xi Chapter of Psi Upsilon Fraternity
Here’s the full email from President Roth and Dean Whaley:
To the Wesleyan Community:
We have been informed by State and Federal prosecutors that they are actively investigating illegal drug activity at Psi Upsilon that allegedly involves members of the organization. Specifically, we have received written notice that on several occasions some members have organized group purchases of narcotics. Police monitored and interrupted one of these transactions in May, and the police investigation into this activity is ongoing. In addition to violating Wesleyan’s policies prohibiting illegal drugs, these allegations represent important health and safety concerns for the campus. The organization was already on probation as a result of serious violations of university policy that occurred in prior years. Consequently, Psi U’s program housing status has been suspended for at least the 2015-16 academic year. Wesleyan students will not be able to live in the house, and the property will be off limits to Wesleyan students. Any student found at the property will be subject to judicial action by the University.
This turn of events is deeply disappointing for so many of us. It is certainly a blow to alumni and students who care for Psi U, and that includes the new women members who had planned to live there this fall. We will reconsider Psi U’s status after the relevant investigations conclude. The investigations may also result in other disciplinary consequences for those involved.
Wesleyan is committed to addressing illegal drug use and has established a task force to identify best practices in this regard. This task force will report back to the campus community this academic year.
Michael S. Roth
Vice President for Student Affairs
For further reading:
Roth Addresses ‘Too Broad’ Housing Policy (2/14/11)
What’s Going on with Fraternities, Sexual Assault, and the WSA? (4/27/14)
Beta Theta Pi Off Limits to Students (9/10/14)
Residential Fraternities Must Become Co-Ed (9/22/14)
Psi U Suspended from All Social Activities through 2015 (12/1/14)
Psi U to Coeducate this Semester (1/30/15)