Cal Poly's Chi Delta Theta sorority investigated over hazing allegation

kleslie@thetribunenews.comFebruary 21, 2013 

An award-winning Cal Poly sorority is under investigation because of anonymous hazing allegations brought against it.

Asian-interest sorority Chi Delta Theta, which was recently named Sorority of the Year by Cal Poly’s United Sorority and Fraternity Council, has been ordered to cease all activity until further investigation, according to Jean DeCosta, Cal Poly’s dean of students. This is the first hazing allegation that has been leveled against a Cal Poly sorority this year.

The allegations were submitted as an anonymous tip in early February. No information concerning the specific nature of the allegations is available, DeCosta said.

“This is an anonymous tip,” DeCosta said. “We don’t know if the sorority has actually engaged in any sort of hazing … It’s still too early to tell, we don’t have a lot of information.”

DeCosta said alcohol was not part of the allegations.

“On the surface, that doesn’t appear to be the issue,” she said.

The Office of Student Life and Leadership will investigate the allegations, and deliver a ruling in the next week or so, DeCosta said.

“I step away from it, and I hand it to (Student Life and Leadership) so they can have a clean investigation,” she said during an interview Thursday.

Chi Delta Theta chapter president Precilla Tang, who is also the president of the sororities-fraternities council, declined to comment on the allegations.

Chi Delta Theta began in 1989 at UCSB. Since then, it has expanded to include six chapters throughout the state. Its mission is to enhance the lives of university women through sisterhood, cultural awareness, academics, social activity and community service.

Along with being named the Sorority of the Year at Cal Poly’s Greek Awards, the chapter also won Adviser of the Year, Best Contribution to Cal Poly and Best Alumnae Relations.

The sorority, which began at Cal Poly in 1992, has 24 members and performs Asian and Pacific Islander dance at events, among other activities.

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