by Heather Morales
President Stephen Morgan has decided against overturning the Greek Review Board’s decision to revoke Delta Sigma Phi’s fraternity charter.
In a letter sent to the fraternity on Tuesday, Dr. Morgan said, “As a result of my review process, I found no reason to overturn the decision of the Greek Review Board to revoke recognition of Delta Sigma Phi at the University of La Verne.”
Dr. Morgan went on to encourage the fraternity to reorganize themselves as an organization.
“We understand his reasoning,” said senior Delta Sigma Phi member Mike Lopez. “This doesn’t mean we’re done as a fraternity. He left it open for us to start again as a brand new fraternity.”
Two weeks ago, Delta Sigma Phi’s membership in the Inter-Fraternity-Sorority Council (IFSC) was revoked. A week-and-a-half ago its recognition as an organization on the University of La Verne campus was revoked by the Greek Review Board.
The Greek Review Board cited several reasons for revoking their recognition including repeated policy violations, particularly risk management; incidents occurring during Greek Week; a lack of control of members; and a lack of chapter leadership, among others.
Delta Sigma Phi appealed to Dr. Morgan last week and asked him to review the decision by the Greek Review Board. They asked fellow students to show their support of the organization to Dr. Morgan in a rally at the Rock on Wednesday, April 30.
A letter, describing what the fraternity planned to do immediately, was given to Dr. Morgan when members appealed to Dr. Morgan last week.
“My hope is that [the fraternity] will seize this opportunity to reinvent the Eta Zeta Chapter, to work closely with your alumni, your national, and the University to become a responsible organization and to achieve reinstatement at the earliest possible date,” said Dr. Morgan in the letter.
The fraternity appealed to Dr. Morgan in hopes of gaining another chance to show the University that it is trying to change its organization to be a more responsible one.