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Text of Tewhey's letter to AEPi national

Text of Tewhey's letter

to AEPi national

(Editor's note: Assistant Dean for Student Affairs James R. Tewhey sent this letter to Sidney Dunn, executive director of Alpha Epsilon Pi's national organization, to notify him of the Institute's decision to withdraw recognition of the fraternity.)

This letter is to inform you that MIT has taken a decision not to recognize a reconstituted AEPi chapter on this campus for next year. We regret having to take this step but we feel your organization has given us no other option.

As a result, the buildings at 155 and 165 Bay State Road, Boston, MA, will no longer qualify as approved housing for MIT freshmen. MIT requires all its freshmen to live in Institute-approved housing. Neither will AEPi be allowed to participate in the Institute's formal rush/residence selection process that takes place during Residence/Orientation Week each fall. This action does not, however, in any way restrict the rights of upperclassmen to reside in these properties, nor does it prevent freshmen from accepting membership in your organization.

As you know, the house is carrying an Independent Residence Development Fund loan in the amount of $90,000. We will be reviewing the status of that loan with the Treasurer's Office next week. We do not wish to be punitive in this matter but we have no option but to recall the loan under the present circumstances. We will recall the loan only if we are obligated to do so. I will be in contact with you as soon as possible to clarify this situation.

I want to make clear that we do not condone the actions of the students in this matter. Their behavior was inappropriate, very serious and warranted strong action. Neal H. Dorow made it very clear to you that we were very willing to assist your organization in any way to help resolve this situation. It seemed to me that this offer was and continues to be disregarded. Your decision to remove 45 members of the house from the fraternity and to deny them housing for next year was very severe, disruptive and inconsistent with the educational goals of this institution and appears to be inconsistent with stated objectives set down in your own literature. It is difficult for us to make a judgment on the appropriateness of this action as we were, to a large extent, excluded from the process. In addition, a number of alternative options put forward by the involved parties seem to have been ignored without full and careful consideration. This decision was a difficult one but it is one that has been reviewed by the IFC at MIT and Paul E. Gray '54, the president of MIT.