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Pi Beta Phi Chapter at Miami University Closes

Published On: 2017-08-07


For information please contact:
Eily Cummings
Pi Beta Phi Fraternity
Senior Director of Marketing and Communications
(636) 256–0680, Extension 736

Pi Beta Phi Chapter at Miami University Closes

ST. LOUIS – It is with great disappointment Pi Beta Phi Fraternity forWomen announces the closure of its Ohio Zeta Chapter at Miami University, effective immediately. Many factors led to this decision, but most importantly the decision was made because the membership experience has routinely fallen below Fraternity expectations, particularly in regards to risk management and the lack of commitment to Pi Beta Phi’s core values.

The Pi Beta Phi chapter at Miami University has received the highest level of support from the Fraternity over the last seven years. However, the chapter continued to be plagued with policy violations and a lack of commitment from chapter members, despite clear expectations from both the Fraternity and University. It is unfortunate that over these years of intense support, Ohio Zeta members continued to prioritize the social aspect of fraternity and sorority life over the core values of Pi Beta Phi.

"We hold all of our chapters to the same values and expectations; and we will not tolerate or sustain chapters that do not meet expectations,” Grand President Paula Shepherd said. “We understand Miami University and its students are working to affect change on campus and improve the fraternity and sorority experience for students. However, the Pi Beta Phi chapter has not been able to sustain change and deliver the premier membership experience Pi Phi promises. It is never easy to close a chapter, especially one that has been on Pi Phi’s chapter roll call for more than 70 years."

Pi Beta Phi’s Ohio Zeta Chapter was established in 1945. The Fraternity is privileged to have been part of the Miami University community for the last seven decades. More than 2,000 women have initiated into the chapter and many have gone on to be distinguished alumnae who became leaders in their career field and within their communities as well as served the Fraternity and Pi Beta Phi Foundation in numerous capacities.

About Pi Beta Phi Fraternity for Women: Founded in 1867 at Monmouth College in Illinois, Pi Beta Phi has installed 204 collegiate chapters and nearly 300 alumnae organizations worldwide. Pi Beta Phi promotes friendship, develops women of intellect and integrity, cultivates leadership potential and enriches the lives of members and their communities. The Fraternity believes in the power of reading and through its philanthropy, Read > Lead > Achieve®, promotes a lifelong love of reading that can unlock true potential. For more information, visit www.pibetaphi.org or follow Pi Phi on Twitter and Facebook.