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IU chapter of Chi Omega put on cease and desist


Chi Omega is located at 1414 N. Jordan Ave. The Theta Beta chapter of the women's fraternity was placed on cease and desist Jan. 11. Haley Klezmer Buy Photos

The Theta Beta chapter of Chi Omega was placed on cease and desist Friday afternoon, IU spokesman Chuck Carney confirmed. 

Organizations on cease and desist are required to suspend chapter activities such as parties and meetings. 

Chi Omega can continue recruiting new members, Carney said in an email. If a hearing after the cease and desist period results in Chi Omega closing, those recruits would be allowed out of those bids. 

The third round of sorority recruitment, the Sisterhood Round, begins Friday night. Potential New Members will visit up to nine chapters Friday and Saturday. There is one more round of recruitment Sunday before bid night Tuesday.

Whitney Plumpton, director of marketing and public relations for Chi Omega Executive Headquarters, said in a Friday statement to the Indiana Daily Student that her organization had been made aware of an IU investigation into allegations made against the Theta Beta chapter. 

The statement said the national organization would be partnering with IU as the investigation proceeds, and that the extent of chapter activity suspension was still unknown.

"Chi Omega Fraternity does not tolerate harassment, hazing or bullying of any kind and prohibits any activity that endangers the mental or physical health or safety of a person," Plumpton said in the statement. "In fact, Chi Omega members are educated on expectations for membership, and as a condition of membership, each individual bears the personal responsibility to abide by applicable federal, state and local laws and college/university rules and regulations, as well as Chi Omega policies, rules and procedures."

Carney said he did not know why the sorority was placed on cease and desist. 

This story has been updated.

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