Kappa Kappa Gamma to Suspend Operations at UM

By UM News

Kappa Kappa Gamma to Suspend Operations at UM

By UM News
The University of Miami’s first sorority will suspend its operations effective May 2018.

In the interest of keeping our alumni community connected and informed, we’d like to share the latest update on the Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority chapter at the University of Miami. Kappa Kappa Gamma will suspend its UM chapter operations effective May 2018, after years of struggling to maintain competitive recruitment numbers.

According to an announcement to the Greek community at a Panhellenic meeting on October 17th and a letter released by Vice President of Student Affairs Patricia Whitely, the Delta Kappa Chapter at UM voted to make the decision to seize its operations.

Since it started at UM in 1938, members of the chapter raised funds for their national philanthropy, Reading is Fundamental, which focuses on increasing child literacy rates.

“I applaud the women of the chapter for having the courage to make the decision that is in the best interest of the chapter for now and, hopefully, will ensure a future for Kappa Kappa Gamma at the University of Miami,” Whitely said in the letter.

In March 2015, the chapter was on the verge of being suspended by the national organization because of low recruitment numbers, but the decision was reversed after UM administrators brokered a compromise with the fraternity’s national officials. The university, including Whitely, continued to work closely with the Kappa National President to focus on the success of the chapter, in an unsuccessful attempt to meet recruitment quotas.

According to Whitely, Kappa Kappa Gamma will look to recolonize on UM’s campus in 2022.