For Marquette's Sigma Delta Phi fraternity chapter, the April 29 suspension was the end of a chapter.

The building, completed in 2000 using funds contributed by Sigma Delta Phi alumni and donated to Marquette for management shortly afterwards, has become the second of Marquette's two new residence halls — Haggerty House. The fraternity residence will be used as a residence hall for 29 male transfer students.

According to Jon Dooley, assistant dean of Student Development, the suspension of the fraternity did not correspond in any way to a shortage of housing.

Rick Arcurii, the associate dean of administration in the Office of Residence Life, said that the building had already been under the management of the university for some time, and that no internal construction or renovation was needed in order to convert the former fraternity residence into a residence hall.

"There were a large number of personal belongings for the fraternity in the house," Arcuri said, giving awards and plaques as examples. "What we've done is take them down and put them away for safe keeping."

Dooley said he could not elaborate on the specifics of the infractions that resulted in the fraternity's suspension. Ben Tracy, director of university communication, also declined to elaborate, but said that there had been a "variety of infractions" on the part of the fraternity.

"Because the conduct has gotten to this point," Tracy said, "the university basically said to the chapter, 'You're no longer a recognized organization at Marquette.'"

The fraternity will be suspended for one year, to "re-examine its focus," Tracy said.

"The expectations from the University are laid out for them," Tracy added.

According to the Office of Public Affairs, in order to be re-recognized as a legitimate student organization again, the fraternity must submit a chapter improvement plan "that addresses issues specified by both the university and the national leadership of the organization," a new constitution and a new request to organize form. After the fraternity's reinstatement, the chapter will be placed on university probation for a two-year period.

Other documents that the organization must address include a recruitment plan, a member education plan for risk management, a structure for dealing with negative conduct by individual members, a plan for re-training on the application of the Sigma Phi Delta Code of Ethics and implementation of the Fraternity and University's Risk Reduction Policies, and demonstrated milestones against which progress can be measured.

The total duration of the re-recognition plan is three years, with a meeting with representatives of the Office of Student Development held every two months to measure progress during the three-year period.

Members of the fraternity could not be reached for comment.,”Brian O'Connor”