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DPi letter contained misleading statements

(Editor's note: The Tech received this as an open letter addressed to the MIT community.)

Last week a letter was published that made several statements that were false and/or misleading ["Frosh must learn about AEPi, DPi," Sept. 7].

Last spring, Alpha Epsilon Pi national did reorganize its Mu Tau chapter after several blatant violations of its risk management policies. This outcome was objected to by the Institute and it resulted in AEPi's loss of recognition as an MIT fraternity and its status as MIT-approved housing for freshmen. Accusations by former members of discrimination by AEPi national were never substantiated nor were they considered by the MIT administration in the decision not to recognize a newly reorganized AEPi chapter.

Following the reorganization, the former members were not immediately evicted from the house as stated in the letter. They were, in fact, permitted to reside in the house through the end of spring term and those that requested were allowed to stay on through the summer.

The former members organized a new fraternity, Delta Pi, and were given probationary membership in the Interfraternity Council. Soon after that, several MIT students were pledged and initiated into the Mu Tau chapter of AEPi. This group is not being recognized as a member of the Independent Living Group community nor IFC at this time, but is an officially recognized member of the Association of Student Activities.

Students and student organizations certainly have a right to express their opinions freely. However, student organizations also have the right to exist and recruit members within the MIT community free from intimidation and harassment by other MIT students and student organizations.

We hope that the members of DPi and AEPi will see that their groups are more similar to one another than they are different and that future efforts will be directed to developing each fraternity into a first class organization in its own right.

Jim Tewhey->

Associate Dean for Residence and Campus Activities->

Neal Dorow->

Advisor to Fraternities and ILGs->