LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A Texas Tech fraternity is under temporary suspension after the arrest of 15 young men accused of stealing from a south Lubbock construction site.
KCBD NewsChannel 11 spoke with the Beta Theta Pi Delta Mu chapter president Wednesday evening, he did not want to go on camera but tells us in a statement the alleged actions were not sanctioned by them and they will stand behind their members. Other Greeks are concerned what these arrests may do for the entire community.
"Shocked at first and kind of disappointed," said Chris Deans, the president of the Texas Tech Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter. It did not take him long to hear 15 Betas had been arrested.
"It's not just one fraternity that it comes down on but the entire Greek life as a whole because Lubbock does not know about individual fraternities."
While Deans' fraternity and another sorority played volleyball at a mixer Wednesday night, Betas met to talk about more serious matters. Fifteen men associated with the fraternity, some new members, spent Monday night in jail. Witnesses tell Lubbock police they saw the group stealing materials from a south Lubbock construction site.
They were each charged with theft and organized crime. A judge found there was not enough evidence to keep them behind bars, but the district attorney's office can still file charges. If they do, the 15 will be re-arrested.
Pending investigations, the national Beta Theta Pi headquarters and Texas Tech decided to temporarily suspend the fraternity.
Meanwhile Deans hopes this does not put a black eye on the Greek community.
"We've been trying to break typical fraternity ideals that most people think of. This just sets us back with all the hard work and philanthropies and community service we do. It's just disappointing," said Deans.
The Beta's president also says they're working to find out what went wrong in their organization and how to prevent any other situations like this from happening again.
Statement Released By Texas Tech University:
Following the suspension by its national office, the Beta Theta Pi Delta Mu Chapter also has been temporarily suspended by Texas Tech University until further review by Student Judicial Programs of alleged criminal activities by members of the fraternity. A decision on further discipline action will not be made until the review is complete.
Statement released by Beta President:
An unfortunate situation has befallen our organization. It is incumbent upon us as Betas to address these wrongdoings and examine what led to the event which may have involved some of our members.
In coordination with our General Fraternity and with Texas Tech University, we have agreed that we should suspend all chapter operations in order to review our organization. When knowledge of allegations of inappropriate actions by our membership were brought to our attention, we acted immediately in contacting our national organization and the university. Our fraternity is founded upon the highest ideals of how college men should come together to provide for the greater well-being of ourselves, our university, and our community. To act in any other way is contradictory of our values.
Therefore, we have resolved to work with our partners and within our organization to address discrepancies which have been attributed to us. In no way were these alleged actions sanctioned on behalf of our organization. We seek to determine where breakdowns in our communication and expectations have occurred, and change our organizational structure in such ways as to prevent any similar situations in the future.
Lastly, as a chapter we will continue to support our new members through this process; they are the future of our fraternity.
J. Travis Marlar-Chapter President
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