Zeta Beta Tau executive director Laurence A. Bolotin confirmed today that Columbia University has rescinded the fraternity's housing privileges.
According to a statement released to The Lion, a party held at the ZBT house to celebrate Columbia baseball's Ivy League Championship was considered an unregistered party by the University, and therefore a violation of the fraternity's probation agreement.
As Bolotin explains:
ZBT has recently been advised that Columbia University has rescinded ZBT’s Delta Chapter housing privileges based on its finding that a baseball team celebration of the Ivy League championship was an unregistered ZBT party and, therefore, a violation of the terms of the Chapter’s earlier social probation.
On Saturday, May 4, 2013, following the Ivy League baseball championship series, which Columbia won, a group of baseball players held an impromptu celebration at the ZBT house in the private room of two ZBT baseball team brothers who had been disciplined following a membership review which took place near the end of the Spring semester. Due to timing of that membership review and of final exams, the Fraternity and University decided together to allow these individuals to remain in the property through graduation in mid-May.
ZBT has been on probation since March, when Dean Shollenberger overturned the revocation of the fraternity's charter after a hazing incident that occurred at the fraternity's brownstone.
Instead, the dean allowed to organization to stay as long as it adhered to an "action plan," which included “a full-review of their current membership, suspension of social activities, mandatory training, adherence to the Greek Alpha Standards, and a recommitment of their national values.” Under the plan, ZBT was required to submit a progress report every semester through the Spring of 2014.
ZBT's statement also revealed that the group had been placed on probation for a separate noise complaint unrelated to the hazing incident.
Zeta Beta Tau will remain a recognized fraternity at Columbia, and "will be working with the University to determine future housing opportunities."