The Beta Delta Chapter of Zeta Tau Alpha sorority has been found responsible for violations of Miami University’s Code of Student Conduct. In a disciplinary board hearing held May 20 and May 27, the sorority entered a plea of not responsible for Section 103B (Physical and/or Mental Abuse or Harm), Section 104 (Damage to Property), Section 105B (Prohibited Use of Alcohol), and Section 113 (Disorderly Conduct).
It was reported to the university that on April 23, while on a bus ride to an event, members of Miami’s Zeta Tau Alpha sorority allegedly allowed illegal possession and/or consumption of alcohol and discarded trash on the bus. On the return trip to Oxford, passengers were alleged to have been unruly and harassed and threatened the bus driver.
After a full hearing of the facts the sorority was found responsible for Section 103B (Physical and/or Mental Abuse or Harm), and Section 113 (Disorderly Conduct).
The following sanctions have been imposed on the sorority:
- Zeta Tau Alpha sorority has been placed on disciplinary probation for two years, effective May 27, 2010 through May 30, 2012. During the first year of probation, May 30, 2010—May 30, 2011, Zeta can hold no social events with alcohol nor hold an off-campus formal. In the second year, the chapter can resume social events with alcohol and its formal may be held off-campus.
- Zeta Tau Alpha sorority must present a comprehensive risk management plan to the Office of Ethics and Student Conflict Resolution and the Cliff Alexander Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life and Leadership by December 1, 2010.
- Zeta Tau Alpha sorority must conduct an alcohol education program for all members by September 30, 2010.