The Delta Delta Delta sororityhas declined Penn State’s Panhellenic Council’s recent invitation to return to campus.
“We have decided to not accept the invitation to return,” Delta Delta Delta's National Director of Chapter Services Jason Gomez said.
Gomez said the executive board takes many things into consideration when deciding to accept invitations similar to the one the Panhellenic Council presented them with earlier this week. Alumni support and how long the chapter has been away from campus are among those reasons.
The Penn State Panhellenic Council recently voted for expansion. In 2011, the Council voted that the next sorority to be asked to join Penn State greek life when expansion would be voted on, would be Delta Delta Delta. Consequently, the sorority was invited back onto campus.
In 2009, the Delta Delta Delta chapter at Penn State was closed after issues related to hazing and risk management. The details of the investigation in November 2009 were not released to the public.
Because Delta Delta Delta was no longer a chapter at Penn State, they were unable to participate in the Interfraternity Council/ Panhellenic Dance Marathon under their greek letters.
Instead, the group Trilogy was formed to allow the sorority members to participate in THON. It was the national chapter, not Trilogy, which was invited back to campus.
Penn State Panhellenic Council Vice President for Communications Amanda Cillo (senior-public relations) said that because Delta Delta Delta declined the invitation, the PHC will move forward with the expansion process.
The expansion process will be opened up to all of the national chapters that are not currently on campus. They will be inviting representatives from each chapter to campus to give presentations, and then a vote will be conducted on which chapter to invite.
Panhellenic is unsure at this time of who will be part of the voting process. The voting body could consist of a special delegation or chapter representatives. There are 26 National Panhellenic Conference sororities and 19 are currently members of Penn State’s Panhellenic Council.