Reinstate Beta Tau
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This petition serves as a plea from current and former members of the Delta Gamma Beta Tau Chapter, to reconsider the decision to suspend the charter of Beta Tau at the University of Miami. We, Delta Gamma Beta Tau, in no way condone any behavior that could be viewed as hazing, and proudly stand behind our fraternity’s zero tolerance platform. However, we implore you, our Executive Office Council, to take a second and deeper look into the extremely poor choices of a few members, and ask that you not punish the entire chapter, which has for many people been a beacon of hope and service, not only to Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, but for the 1,991 initiated members since 1946.
We believe that an entire chapter, with 72 years of history, should not be suspended for the actions of a small group of individuals. As the facts of this investigation come to light, it is more and more evident that the chapter members were not given due process. These young women of Beta Tau should be given the opportunity to properly defend themselves. The abrupt actions taken without due process, are against our very own Delta Gamma bylaws. Our Delta Gamma Constitution states in Section 1 - B:
“Notification Sixty (60) days in advance of the date set by the Council on which the matter is to be considered, the collegiate chapter shall be notified of the proposed action and the specific ground on which such a proposed action is based. Any collegiate or alumna member may submit a written summary of the reasons against the proposed action of defense of charges made, which must be read by all members of the Council before action is taken.”
Such notice was not given to this chapter. A sixty day advanced notice was not given to the chapter. The alleged actions took place on February 16th, 2018. The chapter was placed on Cease and Desist by the University on February 27th, 2018. Executive Offices recommended that Beta Tau’s VP finance, a 19 year old sophomore with no experience or training as president, act as president and plead guilty to the University’s allegations on the chapter’s behalf. This plea was on March 22nd, 2018. Five days later, members of EO flew down to the University of Miami and suspended that chapter, with no warning or notification of proposed action. These actions are in direct violation of article B.
Above all, the sisters of Delta Gamma are so much more than what is being portrayed. The young women of Beta Tau represent 72 years of philanthropy and public service. That is 72 years of mentorship, friendship, honor roll recognition, athletic accomplishment, student government leadership, and ROTC Service. Beta Tau alumnae are lawyers, doctors, professors, University directors, media personalities, Hollywood agents, corporate CEO’s, community activists, non-profit directors, Wall Street titans, an advisor & aide to the President of the United States, and notable pioneers of television & film - all while being full-time mothers, stepmothers, wives, daughters & sisters.
This chapter, rich in years of history and service, should not be dismantled due to the poor actions of a few members. We respectfully request a full investigation with the proper 60 day notification per our bylaws, and issue expulsions of the individual guilty parties. From the bottom of our hearts, we request an overturn of the decision, and a reinstatement the chapter.
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