Posted January 30, 2013 Atlanta, GA
Last week, members of the Beta Iota chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega (ATO) fraternity were notified that its national office had completed a membership review. The review was conducted earlier this month, following the discovery of risk management issues within the chapter that surfaced as the result of a national fraternity investigation. The review was performed independently and without involvement from Georgia Tech.
As a result of this review, several members were expelled from the fraternity, and the chapter will be engaged in a series of membership development sessions designed to help the chapter correct behaviors that prompted the investigation.
In a statement, ATO Chief Executive Officer Wynn Smiley said, “In conjunction with the Institute, the Alpha Tau Omega national fraternity has taken both punitive and reformative action regarding our Beta Iota chapter. The chapter, its alumni and the national fraternity are financially investing in an independent consulting firm to work with the chapter. With 17 men removed from Alpha Tau Omega, the remaining 50-plus men can focus on strengthening Beta Iota with the expected outcome of a renewed brotherhood and strong ATO presence at the Institute.”
This latest review follows last November’s events in which Georgia Tech’s Dean of Students Office placed the chapter on interim suspension pending the completion of an investigation into alleged violations of the Institute’s student code of conduct. The investigation, conducted by the Dean of Students’ Office of Student Integrity, has been completed. Pending successful fulfillment of the resultant sanction requirements, the chapter will remain on disciplinary probation until mid-August. During this period, the chapter may continue to recruit new members and participate in intramural competitions and campus activities but is restricted from all social events.