N.H. Supreme Court: Members of Banned Dartmouth Fraternity Can't Live In House

Apr 11, 2017

The Alpha Delta fraternity partially inspired the 1978 movie Animal House, counts Dartmouth President Phil Hanlon as a former member, and has been notorious in Hanover for years.

Dartmouth de-recognized Alpha Delta two years ago when 11 members had the Alpha Delta letters branded into their buttocks as part of an initiation ritual.

When Dartmouth cut ties to the fraternity, the Hanover zoning board revoked Alpha Delta house's status as a student residence, and said all but three of the twenty members then living in the $1.4 million dollar house on East Wheelock St. would need to move out.

Hanover zoning rules require student residences to operate in conjunction with the college. Alpha Delta claimed since its use as a fraternity predated Hanover's zoning ordinances, it should be considered grandfathered, an argument the Supreme Court rejected.