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IFC Sanctions DKE In Alcohol Incident

Fraternity Must be Alcohol Free for One Year For Serving Alcohol to an Interphase Student

By Kristen Landino

Delta Kappa Epsilon is facing a number of sanctions including a year long ban on alcohol after an Interphase student was found intoxicated at the fraternity’s house late last month.

The student, a member of the class of 2003 enrolled in the summer program for minority students, was found intoxicated in the DKE house on the morning of July 25 by Campus Police, after drinking at a party held the previous night at the fraternity.

Police and administrative officials declined to release the student’s name or any information regarding disciplinary action taken against him.

DKE will rush despite incident

Despite the incident, DKE will be allowed to rush this fall, according to Patrick D. Kremer ’00, Interfraternity Council Judicial Committee Chair.

Charges brought against the house include: violating MIT standards for FSILGs, assisting a student in violating Interphase rules, failing to cooperate with Institute officials in an emergency situation, disregarding the personal safety of a student, engaging in an action which in detrimental to the MIT community, violating the B.Y.O.B. policy, and serving alcohol to a minor.

These charges were presented to DKE on Aug. 13 and the fraternity was given a period of time to respond to them, according to Neal H. Dorow, assistant dean for Residence Life and Student Life Programs and adviser to fraternities sororities and independent living groups.

“We wanted to allow time for members of the house to return and new officials to be elected,” Dorow said.

DKE chose to resolve the issue administratively and did not request a hearing with Institute officials. The fraternity stipulated to the bulk of the charges issued; however, they contend that the student was not in danger, as members of the house were with him at all times.

The fraternity itself proposed a list of sanctions to which the IFC agreed -- one year alcohol-free, 500 hours of community service, TIPS training for all fraternity members, and alcohol liability training.

Additionally, fraternity members must submit a detailed internal risk management policy before they can again have alcohol in the house and once the alcohol ban is lifted, the house must hold one dry event before they can have a party with alcohol present.

Student reported missing

A fellow Interphase student reported the pre-freshman missing the night of July 24 after a talent show and social held for Project Interphase students. Friends mentioned that the student might be at a fraternity party held at DKE that night.

Tutors in the Interphase Program went to the fraternity house at 403 Memorial Drive to inquire as to the whereabouts of the student twice. Both times fraternity members at the door stated that the student was not at the party.

During that time, fraternity members were allegedly taking care of the student inside the house, as he had become sick from consuming large amounts of alcohol at the party, according to Dorow.

John D. Morris, President of DKE, stated that fraternity brothers had checked IDs at the door the night of the party. “There is no way to figure out how it happened. All we know is that he somehow found his way to alcohol in the house and therefore we are responsible,” said Morris. Morris did not stay at the house during the summer and was not present the night of July 24.

Interphase tutors reported the student missing to Campus Police after a careful search of Burton-Conner, where the student was living at the time, and the surrounding area.

The Campus Police found the student at approximately 6 a.m. the morning of July 25 in a room of Delta Kappa Epsilon with a few brothers of the fraternity.

“The student had been drinking,” said Chief of Campus Police Anne P. Glavin.

Party properly registered

The party held at DKE on Saturday, July 24 had been properly registered with the Campus Police as a B.Y.O.B. event. Those who attended the party were required to present proper identification at the door. People over 21 were marked and given tickets to exchange for the alcohol they brought. Officials are not sure why the underage student was served alcohol at the event.

“Interphase rules clearly state that drinking is prohibited and fraternities are out-of-bounds for students. These rules were covered in the student orientation in early July,” said Leo Osgood, Associate Dean and Director of the Office of Minority Education.

Interphase is a summer-long program for minority admitted students sponsored by the Office of Minority Education. The curriculum includes classes in physics, calculus, writing, physical education, and other extracurricular activities.

Approximately 60 students were enrolled in the Interphase Program this summer. About eight to 10 tutors, undergraduate upperclassmen at MIT, were in charge of the students, acting somewhat like Graduate Resident Tutors in the dorm.

“This is the first time something like this has come to light [in the Interphase program]... though I cannot absolutely say in dealing with students that it has never happened,” said Osgood.

“Sometimes we have to deal with the consequences of our actions. We hope that we have seized the educational aspect of this tragic situation,” Osgood said.