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Delta Gamma sorority ceases operations on campus as national organization withdraws charter

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Suites for Delta Gamma and other WU sororities are located in the Ann W. Olin Women’s Building (Student Life Archives)

The Delta Gamma Fraternity National Council voted in January to withdraw the charter of the University of Washington’s Delta Gamma Sorority chapter, ending the organization. almost 108 years old permanence on campus.

While assistant director for sorority and fraternity life James McLendon said there was no singular reason behind the decision, he cited the Abolish the Greek Life movementCOVID-19 and older chapter members graduating as factors that contributed to the national organization‘s choice to remove the charter.

“This chapter was having a little more trouble recovering from some of these things, so the national organization decided they were going to move forward with a process of reviewing their on-campus status,” McLendon said. , characterizing the National’s eventual removal of the organization’s charter as “unfortunate”.

The Abolish Greek Life movement’s Instagram page first went public with the decision in a Publish February 4, centering their movement as the main motivation behind the fate of Delta Gamma. The post said the national organization “voted unanimously to withdraw the charter of the Alpha Epsilon chapter at WashU, citing AGL and campus pressure as the reason for the hiatus and immediate closure of the chapter.”

In Campus Life-reported spring 2021 statistics, Delta Gamma had seven active members and gained nine new members. Two years earlier, in the spring of 2019, the chapter reported 142 members and 47 new members. Delta Gamma isn’t the first chapter to leave campus in recent years, as the Pi Beta Phi and Alpha Omicron Pi the sororities voted to disband and leave campus in the 2020–21 academic year.

Yet, although other Greek organizations have faced similar issues, Delta Gamma was the only one to have its charter withdrawn this year.

“Even our hardest-hit groups really got themselves into trouble last year and avoided something like this,” McLendon said. “So I don’t see any other band going through this at the moment.”

According to McLendon, the decision was made in early to mid-January 2022, but the review process began a few months earlier, in November 2021. Campus Life, along with the Women’s Panhellenic Association (WPA) argued on behalf from Delta Gamma, to “hopefully be able to get the national organization to see that there was something to work with here and that we could do good things with them,” McLendon said. However, advocacy efforts ultimately failed.

According to McLendon, the national ruling will stand for the foreseeable future. “In the short term, yes, it’s permanent,” he said. “There may still be discussions about re-chartering down the line, but at the moment it’s a permanent decision at this time on [the national organization’s] on behalf of.” McLendon said the University would have to approve any charter renewal effort and that “we really don’t see any type of expansion in the next few years.”

As the sorority rush for the remaining six organizations continues this weekend, members of the Delta Gamma Chapter cannot immediately join another Chapter.

“They were initiated and have [Delta Gamma] members,” McLendon said. “There is a process they could go through to that end to be released from the national organization if they so choose.”

National Delta Gamma Organization, WPA President Camilla Maionica and former Delta Gamma President Mackenzie Molina did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday night.

Editor’s note: The Greek Life membership data for visualization in this story comes from the Washington University in St. Louis Fraternity and Sorority Life Academic Report compiled by Campus Life each semester. JHere are some discrepancies in the terminology Campus Life has used to track membership data over the past few semesters, so Student Life has reached out to administrators for clarification. Administrators said that since Campus Life staff who worked with the old reports had left the University, they were unable to clarify reporting terminology until the 2020-21 academic year. For the sake of transparency, here is how we calculated the total number of members:

For spring 2017, we calculated the total number of members by adding “active members”, “new members” and “overseas members”. For Fall 2017, the Campus Life report lists only 1208 “total members” as members of WPA organizations. For Spring 2018, Fall 2018 and Spring 2021, we calculated the total number of members by adding “active members” and “new members”. For spring 2019 to spring 2020, we calculated the total number of memberships by adding “membership” and “new members”. For fall 2020, the Campus Life report lists only 152 among members of WPA organizations.

Editor Matthew Friedman contributed reporting.