Beta Theta Pi allowed to resume operations

Tara O'Neill

The cease and desist order on the university’s Beta Theta Pi colony was lifted Wednesday, Nov. 18, after an investigation determined that the colony was not responsible for any hazing violations, according to a statement from Vice President for Public Affairs Lynn Bushnell.

The colony was issued the cease and desist order on Oct. 29 after an anonymous report of hazing.

Martin Cobb, the director of communications for the Beta Theta Pi national headquarters, said the university reached the same conclusion that headquarters had during their own investigation.

“Our fraternity’s leadership is encouraged that the university has reached the same conclusion we did during the initial investigation, that our young men at Quinnipiac did not participate in hazing and were simply facilitating leadership team-builders similar to those of any church youth group or corporate retreat.” Cobb said in an email statement.

But Cobb said the university took necessary precautions to ensure the safety of the students.

“Matters of this nature must always be looked into when a concerned community member reports them, but it’s also important to remember that there is often more to a story than initially reported or hyped online and via social media,” he said.

Senior Eric Grecco, president of the Beta Theta Pi colony, said in a statement the fraternity is ready to resume operations.

“With the lift of the cease and desist order the colony’s leadership has sprung back into action, we are excited to be back to a fully operating organization,” he said. “The brothers of Beta Theta Pi thank everyone who stood by us throughout this process and as always continue to be the men of principle we are and always have been.”

Beta Theta Pi was the fourth Greek life organization to receive a cease and desist order in the past three years.

Alpha Chi Omega received its order in November 2013 and resumed activities in January 2014. Tau Kappa Epsilon was kicked off campus in December 2014. And Sigma Phi Epsilon was issued a cease and desist order on Sept. 28, 2015 and remains under investigation.

UPDATE: This article was updated at Nov. 19 at 2:30 p.m. to include a statement from Beta Theta Pi headquarters.