UPDATE | Marshall sorority cease-and-desist order lifted

Published: Oct. 10, 2019 at 5:32 PM EDT
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UPDATE 10/25/19 @ 5 p.m.

According to Marshall University, a cease-and-desist order for the Delta Upsilon chapter of Delta Zeta has been lifted.

The university, along with Delta Zeta's national organization, recently conducted an investigation and concluded there is insufficient evidence to support allegations of illegal drug use and hazing within the chapter.

All rights and responsibilities of the Delta Upsilon chapter of Delta Zeta at Marshall University have been returned.


Marshall University has disciplined a sorority due to allegations of illegal drug use and hazing.

The university made the announcement Thursday about the Delta Upsilon chapter of Delta Zeta, which is located on the Huntington campus. University officials say they served the chapter with a cease and desist order.

“The safety and well-being of our students is my top priority,” Marshall University President Jerome Gilbert said in a statement. “An internal investigation by Marshall’s student conduct office has officially started.”

A cease and desist order requires all chapter activities, meetings and social events to stop until further notice.

Delta Zeta’s national organization has been notified and invited to take part in the university’s investigation.

It released the following statement on Friday:

"On Thursday, October 10, Delta Zeta Sorority was made aware that our Delta Upsilon chapter at Marshall University was under investigation by the University for code of conduct violations. We look forward to partnering with the University as part of this investigation as member safety is a top priority.

"Delta Zeta was founded on values of sisterhood, service and friendship and prohibits any type of hazing. We also expect members to comply with all local, state and federal laws. Given this matter is under investigation, we are unable to elaborate further at this time."

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