Sunday, November 18, 2007

DZ's to Return to DePauw

Delta Zeta, DePauw settle over sorority's expulsion
Associated Press
GREENCASTLE, Ind.

- A sorority expelled from DePauw University during a dispute over the eviction of some of its members might return to the western Indiana campus in as soon as three years.

Delta Zeta and DePauw have settled a lawsuit in which the two sides agreed the sorority "will have the opportunity to seek a return to campus beginning in academic year 2010-11," said a statement posted on the university's Web site Friday.

Delta Zeta does not currently have a chapter on the campus, but a group of DePauw Delta Zeta alumnae would help with the return, the statement said.

"DePauw values its relationship with its alumnae who are members of Delta Zeta and recognizes that like DePauw, Delta Zeta has an objective to develop college students," the statement said.

University spokesman Ken Owen said the school had no comment beyond the statement, which gave no other details on the agreement.

The Oxford, Ohio-based sorority also had no additional comment, said its attorney, William Nolan of Columbus, Ohio.Delta Zeta in March sued DePauw in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis alleging the 2,200-student private liberal arts school had broken promises and contracts, defamed the sorority and interfered with its business relationships.

DePauw President Robert G. Bottoms on March 12 evicted Delta Zeta from the school's Greek system, starting this fall, because the school was unhappy with the sorority's policies and actions and with postings on its Web site following the evictions of some of its members a year ago.

Delta Zeta, which had been accused of asking only attractive, popular students to remain active members, has maintained the evictions were based on the members' lack of commitment to recruiting new pledges.