Delta Zeta suspended in party fallout

Northeastern’s chapter of Delta Zeta sorority was suspended two weeks ago as part of the fallout of an off-campus party held earlier this month that was broken up by police, officials said yesterday.

The limited, or administrative suspension will continue until the administration completes its investigation of the Mission Hill party that resulted in eight students being summonsed by Boston police, and many more reported to the Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution.

The Northeastern chapter of the Kappa Sigma fraternity was suspended by the university at the same time as Delta Zeta for the same incident.

Boston Police Department officers responded to a noise complaint at 8 Eldora St. in Roxbury Oct. 1.

The house is inhabited by several members of the Kappa Sigma chapter, including President Rob Ranley, who was issued a summons to appear in Roxbury District Court along with seven other Northeastern students. After BPD issues a summons, the courts are notified, which in turn, notify the parties in question. This can take several weeks.

It is university policy to issue suspensions and investigate incidents when the university receives notification from police.

“The investigation is ongoing and the Student Leadership and Engagement Office and the Greek Executive Council are working with these chapters, and all chapters, to be sure they are adhering to the standards that the Greek community upholds,” Acting Director of Student Leadership and Engagement Laura Parrillo said in an e-mail.

Delta Zeta chapter President Mariann Thomas was formally notified of the investigation in a letter from Parrillo two weeks ago.

The letter states that the sorority may continue to operate “on a limited basis pending the resolution of incidents reported to the university,” and must suspend all social events and activities until further notice.

Parrillo, who also serves as Greek advisor, stressed the high participation turnouts from Greek organizations during last weekend’s service activities.

“I am proud to report that since this incident occurred, there have been over a dozen instances of Greeks participating in and sponsoring educational, philanthropic, spirit and service related activities,” Parrillo said. “These are the things that are the rule as opposed to the exception.”

Neither Thomas nor Delta Zeta National Executive Director Cynthia Menge could be reached for comment.

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