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Beta Theta Pi Fraternity Closes Alpha Chapter


Oxford, Ohio28 February 2014 – Last night Beta Theta Pi Fraternity announced the disappointing closure of its Alpha Chapter at Miami University. Founded on the Ohio campus in 1839, the chapter included 112 undergraduates.

The chapter experienced varying degrees of discipline the last several years for unacceptable conduct, but recent hazing allegations and violations of prior sanctions related to alcohol were verified during parallel investigations by the university and General Fraternity.

“The Fraternity is governing itself in alignment with its values and standards as we seek to protect the well-being of every young man. Likewise, we will continue to do everything possible to support the undergraduate men and their parents during this stressful transition,” offered Administrative Secretary, Jud Horras.

Supported fully by Miami University, Beta Theta Pi has agreed to return to campus in the 2016-17 academic year.

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Known for its award-winning Men of Principle initiative, Beta Theta Pi ranks among the top 10 fraternities in North America for number of chapters, undergraduate members and living alumni. This past academic year, the Fraternity achieved a 3.18 GPA, the highest mark in its 174-year history.

Notable alumni include United States Senator Richard G. Lugar, Denison ’54, Legendary Basketball Coach John Wooden, Purdue ’32, Wal-Mart Founder Sam Walton, Missouri ’40, Nike Co-Founder Bill Bowerman, Oregon ’33, Hall of Fame Baseball Player Mike Schmidt, Ohio ’71, and Retail Guru Bruce Nordstrom, Washington ’55.

Beta Theta Pi was founded in 1839 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and consists of approximately 9,000 undergraduates on 127 campuses throughout the United States and Canada. The Fraternity also serves 126,000 living-alumni members, more than 1,200 volunteers, countless Friends of Beta and the parents of all undergraduates.

The Mission, Vision and Core Values of Beta Theta Pi

Mission: To develop men of principle for a principled life.

Vision: Every member will live Beta Theta Pi’s values.

Core Values: To build lasting bonds of friendship and brotherhood, Beta calls for:

  • Mutual Assistance – Betas believe that men are mutually obligated to help others in the honorable labors and aspirations life.
  • Intellectual Growth – Betas are devoted to continually cultivating their minds, including high standards of academic achievement.
  • Trust – Betas develop absolute faith and confidence in one another by being true to themselves and others.
  • Responsible Conduct – Betas choose to act responsibly, weighing the consequences of their actions on themselves and those around them.
  • Integrity – Betas preserve their character by doing what is morally right and demanding the same from their brothers.