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National Sorority Closes Wake Forest Chapter

August 4, 2010

Winston-Salem, N.C. — National leaders of the Pi Beta Phi sorority announced this week that they are closing the sorority's Wake Forest University chapter.

In letters dated Aug. 2, the sorority's national organization informed Wake Forest members, the Wake Forest administration and university alumni who serve as advisors to the local chapter.

Approximately 130 Wake Forest students are members of the North Carolina Gamma Chapter of Pi Beta Phi.

In a letter to the university, the national organization announced that its decision to close the chapter was the result of the chapter violating both Wake Forest and national Pi Beta Phi disciplinary sanctions.

University administrators in the Division of Student Life hoped to partner with local and national advisors associated with Pi Beta Phi to keep the chapter open while addressing concerns shared by the sorority's national leadership and the university.

"To the regret of the university, the national organization decided to close the chapter," said Steve Hirst, Wake Forest's director of student leadership and organizations. "Earlier in the summer, we had written to the organization expressing our support of keeping the local chapter open while we helped its undergraduate leadership to restore the organization's values and principles."

Although the chapter is closing, campus housing arrangements for student members will not be affected for 2010-2011.

Press Contacts:

Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237

Cheryl Walker

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