The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced today the closing of the Phi Beta Epsilon Fraternity (PBE) on the MIT campus.
On Monday, Sept. 6, the Judicial Committee of the student-led Interfraternity Council (IFC) found PBE responsible for violations of the IFC's risk-management policy. Today, after an appeal, PBE was sanctioned with a four-year suspension from the IFC. As a result of the sanction, the Institute has withdrawn recognition of PBE, and the fraternity will cease to operate as part of the campus community for the duration of the suspension.
“The IFC’s regulations, policies and sanctions are fair and transparent, and have been developed with the agreement of all the fraternities on campus,” said Dean for Student Life Costantino Colombo. “The Institute fully supports both the process and the decision.”
In the coming months, MIT will revoke PBE’s Approved Institute Housing status and ask the Cambridge License Commission to revoke the chapter's Lodging House License. When that occurs, the approximately 40 members living in the PBE house at 400 Memorial Drive must vacate the premises. Over the course of the semester, the MIT Office of Residential Life will be assisting the approximately 40 members currently living at 400 Memorial Drive who request help finding new housing on or off campus.