MIT reports both it and the Lambda Chi Alpha national fraternity have banned the local chapter, Lambda Zeta, 99 Bay State Rd. in Boston, for five years for "conduct that does not support the fraternity’s priority of providing a healthy chapter environment for its members."
MIT does not specify just what that conduct was. However, in August, a drunken non-MIT student fell out of a third-floor window - at a time when MIT frats in Boston were not supposed to have drunken parties because of earlier infractions, such as a member of another frat falling four floors through a skylight.
The MIT ban means the students all have to leave the frat building by Sunday; college officials said they have already found on-campus housing for them.
Lambda Zeta is best known for the smoots on Harvard Bridge, which it first marked off in 1958, using the body of pledge Oliver Smoot. MIT says:
MIT will approach Lambda Zeta alumni and the [Interfraternity Council] to work out a plan for maintaining the famous “Smoot” markings on the Harvard Bridge, which were first painted by Lambda Zeta pledges in 1958, based on the height of fellow pledge Oliver Smoot ’62.