UC Santa Cruz (UCSC) Theta Chi Fraternity Chapter Dismissed Following Investigation into 2018 Off Campus Death of Member

SANTA CRUZ — The UC Santa Cruz Police Department announced Friday on social media that Theta Chi was dismissed following an investigation into a death of one of its fraternity members.

The department didn’t elaborate on the death but said it was off campus last year.

Greek letter organizations are affiliated with the campus as student organizations. The UCSC Chancellor’s action means Theta Chi is no longer recognized by the university and is no longer eligible to organize or recruit members.

The investigation revealed “deeply appalling behavior” including hazing, drug use and more. The department added that those actions do not “represent the values of our university.”

UCSC has dismissed one member of Theta Chi and several others may face serious discipline. The group’s national organization was notified of the findings in the investigation. Subsequently, the national organization has revoked the local chapter’s charter, according to the post on social media.

The chapter was on an interim suspension during the investigation.

“Our deepest condolences go out to the student’s family and friends for their unimaginable loss and for the terrible circumstances that surrounded his death,” the post reads. “UC Santa Cruz has zero-tolerance for hazing, which is at odds with our community values and against campus policy. All Greek letter organizations receive a full training about this policy and the law at the start of each academic year, and in light of our investigation, we’ve underscored our expectations for all student organizations.”

Anyone who is aware of any hazing or troubling activity is encouraged to reach out to the Dean of Students at 831-459-4446 and deanofstudents@ucsc.edu or UC Santa Cruz Police Department at 831-459-2231 ext. 1.

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