VCU Statement on Delta Chi
Thursday, June 3, 2021
On May 3, VCU's Division of Student Affairs initiated disciplinary proceedings against the Delta Chi fraternity chapter at VCU. This was based on multiple reports and allegations of violations of university policies and directives regarding chapter events, COVID-19 protocols, recruitment activities, alcohol and hazing on February 26 and 27 in the hours before the death of VCU student Adam Oakes.
VCU's Student Organization Conduct Committee Chairs (SOCC) reviewed the report of the organization’s alleged misconduct. Based on the information provided, the Delta Chi fraternity chapter at VCU was found responsible for charges referred to the SOCC. Therefore, effective May 28, the Delta Chi fraternity has permanently lost university recognition, meaning it is no longer authorized to operate as a student organization at VCU.
This permanent removal as a recognized student organization is another important step in holding fraternities and sororities at VCU accountable for organizational misconduct. Dyad Strategies, a research and consulting firm specializing in cultural and risk assessment within fraternities and sororities, is continuing its full external review of the VCU fraternity and sorority community. A report is expected this summer.
The Richmond Police Department investigation continues into Adam's death. VCU is committed to closely reviewing that report, when complete, for possible additional organizational or individual violations of university policies and to identify additional opportunities to strengthen our policies and procedures for fraternity and sorority life.