'Animal House' frat at Dartmouth 'derecognized' for branding
HANOVER, N.H. (AP) A Dartmouth College judicial committee has "derecognized" a fraternity that partly inspired the 1978 movie "Animal House" because some new members received brands on their skin.
It found Alpha Delta responsible for causing harm to members and violating terms of a suspension for alcohol violations.
The fraternity has until Monday to appeal. The Valley News reports (http://bit.ly/1Ow87wr) fraternity President Ryan Maguire said members are disappointed and exploring options.
Regardless of the outcome of an appeal, Inge-Lise Ameer, interim dean, has the authority to withdraw recognition of Alpha Delta. She's taken evidence from the committee under advisement.
Attorney George Ostler said last month Alpha Delta acknowledged a small group of members voluntarily chose to get body brands, but said the practice was never a condition of membership and has since stopped.