Beta to remain on suspension
Published: Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Updated: Wednesday, August 26, 2009 17:08
The Beta Theta Pi fraternity at UCF will remain on suspension until further notice, according to the Florida Fifth District of Courts.
The fraternity's motion to stay was denied by the court Wednesday morning.
By denying the fraternity's motion to stay, Beta Theta Pi will remain on suspension until the court has come to a decision on whether or not the suspension should be uplifted completely.
If the motion had been approved, Beta Theta Pi would have been able to operate as any other Greek life organization until the court's final decision of the suspension was announced. This includes participation in rush and other activities.
In November 2008, members of the UCF chapter of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity were involved in an investigation conducted by the Oxford Police Department in Oxford, Ohio, facing charges of sexual misconduct, vandalism and destruction of property. Members of the UCF chapter were in Oxford, Ohio, for a national initiation ceremony.
In February, the UCF Student Conduct Board suspended the organization for two years.
Two individual members of Beta Theta Pi also faced charges from UCF, but both were dismissed.
The fraternity appealed the conduct board's ruling in May, but was denied by the university.
On June 2, the fraternity again appealed the ruling, this time to the Florida State Fifth District of courts.
In early August, members of both the fraternity and UCF administration met with a state-appointed mediator to try to come to a compromise, but nothing was resolved, said Jordan Kramer, the lawyer representing the Beta Theta Pi fraternity.
In the fraternity's appeal, the organization called for a motion to stay, which would grant them rights as a registered organization on campus until the final decision was made by the court.
UCF refused to comment on the denial of the fraternity's motion to stay.
Whether or not the court decides to rule in favor of the fraternity, Kramer said that the case is far from over.
"Individual members of the fraternity and their parents have expressed a great interest in continuing this further," Kramer said. "This is only the beginning. This case is far from over."
Kramer is an attorney with Howze, Monaghan, Theriac & Kramer, PLC. in Brevard County.