College to provide Alpha Xi Delta and Alpha Phi sororities with separate houses on South Park Street College allowing Dartmouth alumni of the former Beta Theta Pi fraternity to begin a new organization at their facility located at 6 Webster Avenue in Fall 2008 The College is currently working with the Beta Theta Pi Alumni Corporation (the Alumni Corporation) to facilitate the return of Beta Theta Pi fraternity (Beta) to Dartmouth. The fraternity was derecognized in 1996 as part of a disciplinary action. Following Beta’s derecognition the Alumni Corporation rented its facility at 6 Webster Avenue to the Alpha Xi Delta (Alpha Xi) sorority pursuant to a formal lease agreement from late 1997 through June 30, 2000; since then, Alpha Xi has been a month-to-month tenant of the Alumni Corporation. In anticipation of the return of Beta to Dartmouth in the Fall of 2008, the Alumni Corporation has terminated Alpha Xi’s tenancy in order to allow Beta to use the Webster Avenue facility. As a result, Dartmouth is currently working with the members of Alpha Xi, and with the members of the Alpha Phi sorority, which formed a Dartmouth chapter in 2006 and currently does not have a chapter facility, to secure residential buildings for both organizations. Set forth below is information regarding the current status of the College’s conversations with all three organizations as well as general information about Dartmouth’s Coed, Fraternity and Sorority (CFS) System. Return of Beta Theta Pi fraternity For approximately eighteen months, the College has been working with the Alumni Corporation to facilitate the return of Beta to Dartmouth. Beta lost College recognition in 1996 as the result of a College disciplinary action. Since that time, the Alumni Corporation has not operated an undergraduate chapter but has rented its facility to Alpha Xi. Over the course of the last year, the Office of Residential Life (ORL), the Alumni Corporation, and Beta Theta Pi Fraternity International have also been engaged in conversations to determine under what circumstances would a return of Beta at Dartmouth be possible. The International organization has determined that, at this time, it is not interested in supporting a restarting of an affiliated Beta chapter at Dartmouth. During the summer of 2005, the Alumni Corporation expressed a desire to return Beta to Dartmouth as a recognized organization. Before being considered for return, Beta will be required to meet the recognition requirements required of all CFS organizations as outlined in the “Coed, Fraternity, Sorority Organization Handbook and Policies” including: • Meeting IFC sponsorship requirements; • The facility conforms to all requirements related to Hanover’s building code; and • College requirements for occupant safety, organizational structure, alumni support, national support and many other items are met. The Alumni Corporation anticipates participating in IFC new-member recruitment during the fall 2008 academic term. After the fall 2008 member recruitment period, the Alumni Corporation’s intention is for the newly formed organization to begin the College recognition process, which normally takes up to two years for a successful organization. The Alumni Organization intends to renew affiliation with the Beta Theta Pi National Fraternity. If such affiliation is not possible, the Alumni Organization will explore possible other national affiliations. The College fully supports and encourages national affiliation by all recognized CFS organizations. Housing for Alpha Xi Delta and Alpha Phi sororities The facility at 6 Webster Avenue is owned by the Beta Alumni Corporation which has had a lease or rental arrangement with Alpha Xi since 1997. Because the Alumni Corporation intends for a new organization to occupy the facility beginning in the fall of 2008, the Alumni Corporation has terminated Alpha Xi’s tenancy , effective June 30, 2008. As a result, the College is currently working with the members of Alpha Xi to locate and provide alternate space for the sorority. The College is also planning to locate and provide space for the new sorority Alpha Phi. The College is aware that, due to tradition, the private nature of meetings and other activities, and the size of the membership, residing in a residence hall does not fully meet the needs of most of Dartmouth’s Greek-letter organizations. In order to accommodate both Alpha Xi and Alpha Pi, ORL has arranged for the College to transfer to ORL two properties currently owned by Dartmouth’s Real Estate Office. These two properties are located at 25 & 27 South Park Street, immediately in front of Thompson Arena and not far from Fire & Skoal and Cobra Societies. ORL has also been working with the College’s Office of Planning, Design and Construction and a local architect to identify the best way to modify both facilities to meet the needs of these two organizations. Within the next month, the College anticipates making an application to the Town of Hanover for a special exception to allow both facilities to be student residences and for the required construction approvals. Provided that this process goes well, both organizations should be able to occupy their new facilities by January 2009. ORL’s objective is to provide an opportunity for up to seven women to live in each facility and for each facility to include a large gathering space in which the organization can conduct member activities. ORL will own and operate both of these facilities in the same manner it operates the seven other Greek-letter organizations whose facilities it currently owns. ORL will continue to work with the College to identify spaces for other groups that may require a residential setting to further their goals. Because each organization is different, a one-size-fits-all approach to the allocation of space does not work. In general, however, space, when available, will be allocated on the basis of need, program requirements and anticipated impact upon others. On Dartmouth’s derecognition policy Events that may lead to a CFS organization’s loss of recognition by the College vary and are judged on the specific circumstances. To the best of ORL’s knowledge, groups have sought re-recognition after giving it up voluntarily, but prior to Zeta Psi’s application last year, no group that has lost recognition due to a behavioral sanction has applied for re- recognition. The College respects student rights regarding their freedom to associate with others as they deem appropriate. As with any student organization, however, the College prefers to create a relationship, through recognition, that provides the organization and the College the opportunity to work together to achieve its objectives within the context of an organizational structure that promotes student learning, health and safety. As a result, the College would strongly prefer to create a relationship, through recognition, with a group that had been derecognized and is reforming than for no such prior recognition relationship to exist. The Alumni Corporation is seeking for Beta to return to Dartmouth as a recognized fraternity. With the lifting of the moratorium on new Greek organizations at Dartmouth by the Board of Trustees in June 2005, a group that has lost its recognition may attempt to reform and seek recognition. Since June of 2005, twenty national Greek Letter organizations have contacted ORL to express interest in forming an organization here. The Office within ORL that works with CFS organizations on behalf of the College will consider, in accordance with its standard procedures, all requests for recognition from any Greek organizations that may seek to form (or to reform) at Dartmouth. General Information about CFS system at Dartmouth • In June 2005, the Dartmouth College Board of Trustees removed a moratorium on the establishment of [new] single sex, residential, selective Greek Letter organizations. • Since June 2005, ORL has received twenty requests from national Greek Letter organizations to establish chapters at Dartmouth. These requests came from a 10 sororities, 9 fraternities and 1 coed organization. At the request of the Panhellenic Council at Dartmouth, nine of these requests were related to the establishment of a new sorority. • There are currently 28 co-ed, fraternity or sorority organizations at Dartmouth: 3 coed organizations, 16 fraternities, and 9 sororities. The CFS community is diverse with both local and nationally affiliated organizations representing the National Panhellenic Conference, the North-American Interfraternity Conference, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the National Association of Latino/a Fraternal Organizations. • The College recognizes students’ right to form organizations that meet their needs, and new organizations are formed annually. Some organizations seek recognition from the College while others do not. College recognition carries a number of responsibilities and privileges only available to recognized groups, including the opportunity to seek funding from a variety of sources, space reservations, and access to College billing and advising resources. In return for these privileges, recognized organizations agree to follow regulations and policies defined by the College. • For a Greek-letter organization, College recognition provides ORL and other College offices an opportunity to actively engage with the student members and organizational leaders and to work together to ensure the health and safety of the members and to promote the organization’s support of the educational purpose of the institution. Recognized groups receive this support, whereas those not recognized do not. • ORL’s primary concern is for the health and safety of all students. Unrecognized organizations functioning independently, without the guidance and support of the College, can create environments that put student health and safety at risk. College recognition provides the best opportunity for an organization to create a safe environment for its members through the cooperative effort of the organization itself, its national organization, and its alumni/ae body.
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