Students at the Delta Tau Delta fraternity at Wabash College in Crawfordsville are going in and out of the back doors. Some are moving out, while others consider staying in the house that will now become just a residence hall.
Wednesday the school announced they were closing the Beta Psi chapter and terminating the lease of the property at 603 West Wabash Avenue. The decision comes after the alcohol-related death of member Johnny Smith at a Homecoming party October 5th at the house.
"From recruitment to the beginning of pledgeship and through traditions and ritual we have discovered at Delta Tau Delta a culture and practice of ungentlemanly behavior and irresponsible citizenship," said Wabash president Patrick White.
School administrators would not comment if those behaviors related to a misuse of alcohol. On campus Delta Tau Delta fraternity member Rob Arnett had mixed emotions but understood the college's decision.
"Its not a good situation but I understand what's going on," said Russell.
Crawfordsville detectives continue to look into the Homecoming party where Smith died but say an attorney hired by the fraternity is stonewalling their efforts to interview members.
"There's a lawyer who told me he's been hired by them (Delta Tau Delta) and things have been out on hold so the students are not speaking with me," said Detective Bob Rivers.
"That is an untrue statement" said Delta Tau spokesman Jim Russell. " We have asked our students to cooperate with the police investigation and cooperate with Wabash college and our investigation as well."
Fraternity members younger than 21 can continue living at the former frat house that will now become a regular residence hall complete with residence assistants. Those older than 21 won't be allowed to stay at the former house and have been offered alternative campus housing.
Wabash College shuts doors on Delta Tau Delta fraternity
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