SAN DIEGO, CA— The 2018 National Convention has suspended the charter of its Syracuse University Chapter for a period of not less than two years. This action comes due to behavioral violations by a group of prospective new members, or pledges. Approximately 20 individual students were dismissed from any form or class of membership last April due to unacceptable conduct. Through its legal counsel, Syracuse University declined an invitation to present its view of the matter to the Convention in person or via written summary. A chapter representative will have an opportunity to present plans to the 2020 National Convention that details goals for any potential reinstatement. Theta Tau maintains rigorous guidelines and expectations for chapters and members, and those not in compliance are mentored, educated, and sanctioned accordingly. Furthermore, it does not tolerate behaviors that deviate from its mission and purpose. The fraternity’s goal is to provide a meaningful and beneficial experience for all members and for the communities in which they live.
Theta Tau is the oldest, largest, and foremost Fraternity for Engineers. Since its founding at the University of Minnesota in 1904, more than 40,000 have been initiated at schools across the nation. With emphasis on quality and a strong fraternal bond, the Fraternity has chapters only at ABET accredited schools and is open to students pursuing an approved curriculum without regard to demographic or socio-economic background.