Louis Hannegan, Managing Editor
University of Dallas President Thomas Keefe has decided to uphold Student Government’s vote not to grant a charter to the UD Alpha Delta Gamma colony. The decision, made over the weekend, prevents the establishment on campus of what would have been the first social fraternity at UD.
Keefe, who is in Rome for the rest of the week, was unavailable for comment.
“I am sure that he would say that he respects the SG process and sees no need to overturn their decision based on the criteria,” said Dr. John Plotts, Vice President of Enrollment and Student Affairs.
The criteria are that an SG vote not pose any moral, ethical or legal problems and that it comport with the mission and values of the University. It is only when a vote poses such a problem, or runs contrary to UD’s mission or values, that the administration would choose to overturn it, Plotts said.
Lacking the official recognition of a charter, the Alpha Delta Gamma colony will no longer be regarded by the University as an entity at UD and will be required by its national leadership to disband.
“I have notified the ADG leadership via email, letting them know that the president has upheld the SG vote. They are not a recognized student organization, effective immediately,” said Plotts, who has been impressed by both the maturity of the young men involved in the ADG colony and the vigor, yet respectfulness, of the debate over granting them a charter.
“I was very glad to see the student body passionately engaged in a respectful debate – not just about ADG but the future of the University and the cultural impact of adding Greek life,” Plotts said. “For this, students on both sides can be proud of the time and effort involved in this process.”