Phi Delta Theta and Phi Sigma Sigma Placed on Deferred Suspension after “CMT vs. BET” Party

McDaniel College announced on Tuesday that two Greek organizations, Phi Delta Theta and Phi Sigma Sigma, have been placed on “deferred suspension” through Dec. 31, 2014. Both organizations are banned from holding sponsored social activities.

The college decided that the organizations “violated McDaniel’s Student Organization Policy for Events with Alcohol,” according to a statement issued by Cheryl Knauer, Director of Media Relations, on behalf of the college.

The statement said that the party “promoted negative stereotypes and was insensitive and offensive.”

Both organizations must now comply with “sensitivity and diversity awareness and training” during next semester and must “develop a plan for inclusiveness” with the Office of Student Engagement and Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. Phi Delta Theta and Phi Sigma Sigma will “host specific educational programming” that will be open to all Greek organizations on-campus.

Knauer also explained that if both organizations meet these conditions, they will move to probation on Jan. 1, 2015 for the spring semester. Any failure to comply with the rules of the deferred suspension could result in immediate suspension.