In a statement posted on their website Sunday night, Delta Kappa Epsilon International Fraternity Board of Directors instructed the Yale chapter of DKE to stop all pledge activities until further notice in the wake of their controversial chants on Old Campus last Wednesday.
The statement comes on the heels of a forum Friday afternoon in Linsly-Chittenden Hall titled “Forum on Yale’s Sexual Climate” at which Yale administrators and current members of the Women’s Center board said DKE’s apology Thursday is the first step in a long process of dialogue and systemic change. The forum attracted an audience of about 150, which split up into 15 smaller “breakout” sessions to discuss the DKE incident and possible courses of action.
To help determine “a plan of action for the chapter,” DKE Executive Director Doug Lanpher will visit Yale this weekend to discuss the pledge incident with the fraternity. In an e-mail to the News, Lanpher said that DKE national’s intervention means that the Yale chapter cannot accept new pledges and that it must cease all initiation activities.
DKE International also commended the forum in its statement as “a good step in acknowledging the seriousness of this incident,” as did Yale College Dean Mary Miller GRD ’81 in her opening remarks at the forum.
“I think by coming here today, you are saying that this is the ignorant speech we all seem to get beyond,” Miller said.