By Brendan Callanan
Dear fellow Union students,
As a proud and frustrated member of Delta Kappa Epsilon I believe the school community is entitled to know of the grave incompetency displayed by our school’s administration regarding our case. I invite you to follow me as I remove the ‘filter’ from Dean McEvoy’s article.
According to Dean McEvoy, “it was clear that DKE blatantly ignored the policies that were put in place for 2012-13.” While I am by no means denying that our brotherhood acted with some degree of poor judgment earlier this term, I wish to point out the fact that the school itself infringed upon our rights as a fraternity by foregoing the IFC judicial process outlined in the student conduct code.
Indeed, Mr. Solomon acted as judge, jury, and executioner in presenting us with 9 points without acknowledging our right to due process. One may counter by arguing that the possession of kegs is an inexcusable, cut-and-dry incident that should automatically result in five infraction points. While true in a sense, fraternities that have been caught with kegs in the past have at least been granted a formal hearing in front of their peers.
However, we were also levied with 4 additional points for holding an unregistered party. Yes, I am aware of the school’s policy that prohibited fraternities from hosting parties for the first two weeks of Fall Term. Nevertheless, how does one define what constitutes a ‘party?’ For instance, the campus safety officers and Greek life graduate assistants who stopped by that night exclaimed that we were conforming to the school’s current party policy. Moreover, Mr. Solomon failed to consult both of the aforementioned sources prior to rendering his decision against our house.
My information indicates that the administration believes that the sanctions handed down will provide our house with a much-needed learning experience. I, on the other hand, wish to argue to the contrary. These events should serve as a lesson to an administration that purports to desire a “safer, healthier, and more accountable” Greek system. If the school’s leadership has no qualms with blatantly disrespecting the Greek community by denying its members their fundamental right to due process, how then can they expect, or even deserve, any degree of respect in return?
As college students first we should be treated as adults. Our judicial system should indiscriminately provide us with the opportunity to defend ourselves to our fellow adults in the administration. It is a sad day when the student-administration relationship has essentially digressed into that of a grade schooler-principal hierarchy. Above all, members of our brotherhood feel as though our reasoned arguments merely fade into a realm of nothingness, and we have thus been forced to call upon our ‘parents’ to speak in our name.
Our failure to follow the rules has resulted in our brotherhood losing the use of our house’s common space for at least the following two terms. Why, however, should we be unfairly chastised for not following the rules while the administration itself fails to abide by them?
The brothers and alumni of Delta Kappa Epsilon thank both the Greek community and the general Union student body for their profound support during this difficult time. May our efforts remind the administration that WE are Union and it should ultimately be OUR voice that matters.
Brendan Callanan ’14 Brother of Delta Kappa Epsilon