The Epsilon Chi Chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority will suspend its operations at Baylor on Sunday, according to a press release from the National Council of Kappa Delta.
The statement, released on Monday, said the chapter is being closed due to low membership.
"Unfortunately, Epsilon Chi Chapter has struggled with membership for several years," said Beth Martin Langford, national president of Kappa Delta Sorority. "After much deliberation, the National Council has made the difficult decision to close the chapter. I want to express my deep appreciation for the chapter members, alumnae and other stakeholders for all their efforts to make Epsilon Chi a viable chapter."
Baylor was informed by the National Council of Kappa Delta of their decision on Oct. 14, and members were told of the chapter's termination on Sunday. The chapter's last active day will be Sunday, the day after Baylor's Homecoming. It is also the day that chapter members will be named as alumnae of the sorority, said Matt Burchett, director of student activities at Baylor. The sorority has been active on campus since 1983.
Different members of the Baylor community expressed concern and sympathy for the Epsilon Chi chapter members of Kappa Delta.
"We are primarily concerned for the women in Kappa Delta on a personal level and for their overall Baylor experience," Burchett said. "They've dedicated their time and energy to Kappa Delta and we are working to support them during this challenging time."
Burchett also emphasized that it was the decision of the National Council of Kappa Delta to close the chapter and that Baylor was not involved in the decision, nor did the chapter violate university policy.
The closing of the Epsilon Chi chapter of Kappa Delta will leave a gap in the Baylor Panhellenic Council and in Greek life.
"We're disappointed to hear that the chapter is terminating," Emily Riley, president of the Panhellenic Council, said.
"It has been a valuable member of the Panhellenic Council for 27 years and we will miss their presence on campus."
The university hopes to support the chapter members through their experience.
This is the first time a Greek chapter has closed at Baylor University since 1994, when a sorority was similarly closed by its national council.
"Baylor's Greek life is strong, and Kappa Delta has contributed to this community through traditions such as Sing, Pigskin and Homecoming," Burchett said. "This is a rare situation and one we are deeply saddened by today."
Kappa Delta Sorority is a national organization that was established in 1897 and has more than 200,000 members in 212 chartered collegiate chapters and 506 chartered alumnae chapters nationwide.
It also serves philanthropic efforts such as the Girl Scouts of the USA, Prevent Child Abuse America, Children's Hospital in Richmond, Va., and Orthopaedic Research Awards.