BLOOMINGTON — A fraternity is shutting down its chapter at Indiana University – Bloomington.
Tau Kappa Epsilon (TKE) announced the decision Thursday, citing violations of their international bylaws and constitution but not specifying what those violations were. The decision is immediate and lasts through the 2020-21 school year.
“We will not tolerate members whose actions do not represent the values and principles of Tau Kappa Epsilon,” Tau Kappa Epsilon CEO Donald E. Aldrich said in a statement. “The value of fraternity is being questioned daily and we are committed to both developing men at a high level and rooting out those with selfish intentions that are outside our mission. We believe this action is warranted as we uphold our standards and strive each day to build Better Men for a Better World.”
The Bloomington chapter was founded April 16, 1950.
“This is an unfortunate moment for the Greek Community, but it is an isolated incident that does not define that Greek Community,” Jackson Laterza, president of the Indiana University Interfraternity Council, said in a statement. “Making sure these incidents are very rare is why IFC took the action to suspend social activities at our fraternities in November in an effort to re-examine efforts to create a sustainable and safe environment for all of our chapters.”
TKE members who currently live in the chapter house are being given options for other on-campus housing.