Alpha Epsilon Pi has disaffiliated from Duke’s Interfraternity Council, AEPi President Jacob Turobiner wrote in a message to The Chronicle, becoming the eighth chapter to officially do so.
Duke’s AEPi chapter is now affiliated with the newly formed Durham Interfraternity Council and will participate in its recruitment process, wrote Turobiner, a junior. He declined to comment further, including to discuss why the chapter made the decision to disaffiliate.
Several fraternities decided to disaffiliate from the IFC after Duke announced changes to the campus residential experience, including pushing rush to sophomore year, former IFC President Rohan Singh, a senior, told The Chronicle this week. Duke will also move selective housing to Edens quad next year, away from Duke’s main quads.
Alpha Delta Phi, Alpha Tau Omega, Delta Tau Delta, Kappa Alpha Order, Pi Kappa Phi, Sigma Chi and Sigma Nu have also disaffiliated. Two more chapters were considering disaffiliating as of Tuesday, Emilie Dye, director of student engagement and leadership, told The Chronicle at the time.
AEPi is the only chapter since then to officially notify Duke of a decision to disaffiliate, Dye wrote in a Friday email.
Dye told The Chronicle this week that fraternities that leave the IFC will lose access to “University funding, facilities, communications, housing and direct advertisement,” but that their members will still be accountable for off-campus actions, including COVID-19 rule violations.
Jake Sheridan contributed reporting.