IU fraternity chapter suspended after hazing problems

The governing body of Delta Tau Delta has suspended the charter for the fraternity's chapter at Indiana University Bloomington following problems with hazing. The fraternity also faces a lawsuit alleging sexual assault.

Jim Russell, executive vice president of the national fraternity, says there is “no place for hazing in Delta Tau Delta” and it's “absolutely contrary to our values and will not be tolerated.”

The national fraternity says there were multiple violations of Delta Tau Delta’s risk management policy, including hazing within the Beta Alpha chapter’s new member education program. National officials say sanctions were imposed last spring but poor conduct continued.

Members of the chapter in Bloomington were notified of the charter's suspension Monday night. They haven't commented about the decision.

The national fraternity and the IU chapter also face a federal lawsuit from a woman identified as Jane Doe No. 62 who claims she was sexually assaulted at a 2015 party at the frat house. Chief Judge Jane Magnus-Stinson last month rejected the defendants’ motion to dismiss the suit, which argues the woman was sexually assaulted by a fraternity member who had been accused of a prior sexual assault at a fraternity party that was reported to IU police and the national fraternity.

Among other things, the suit asserts negligence by Delta Tau Delta nationally for negligent retention and supervision of the fraternity member as well as a premises liability claim against the local fraternity chapter. That case in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana is Jane Doe No. 62 v. Indiana University Bloomington et al, 1:16-cv-1480.

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