Lambda Chi Alpha in talks to return to Butler

The vacated Lambda Chi Alpha house on Sunset Drive shortly after the fraternity was suspended in January 2017. Collegian file photo. 

DANA LEE | EDITOR-IN-CHIEF | delee1@butler.edu

MARISA MILLER | MANAGING EDITOR | mnmille1@butler.edu

Butler University is currently in talks with the international chapter of Lambda Chi Alpha regarding a possible return to campus.

“Lambda Chi Alpha has indicated their interest in returning to Butler University,” Frank Ross, vice president of student affairs, stated in an email to The Butler Collegian. “I have met with them to discuss this. At this time, we have not formalized any agreement regarding their possible return.”

There is currently no timetable for when the fraternity will officially return, Ross said.  

The fraternity was suspended by Lambda’s international headquarters after a conduct review resulted in the board of directors voting to close the chapter in January 2017. Six incidents from fall 2016 sparked the conduct review.

A letter from Lambda’s headquarters to parents of chapter members at the time described the following incidents: “One in which a student was taken to the hospital, two at which students had been arrested and three at which alcohol was present in violation of the Chapter’s probationary status.” The letter did not disclose further details.

“I’ve had a couple of meetings with Dr. Ross discussing the return of the fraternity,” said Bill Farkas, CEO of Lambda Chi Alpha’s international headquarters. “An agreement has not been reached yet. We are trying to determine when would be the right time for the university, for the Greek life and for Lambda Chi Alpha.”

At the time of their suspension, Lambda Chi Alpha was not scheduled to potentially return until spring 2021.

Meghan Stratton contributed to this report.

The Collegian will continue to follow this story as more information becomes available.

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