Wisconsin property law: Ripon College sued by alumni club over frat house

05/12/2010 // West Palm Beach, Florida, USA // Nicole Howley // Nicole Howley

Ripon, WI—The Phi Kappa Pi fraternity alumni club of Ripon College has filed an injunction against the college in hopes to keep the Merriam House open. The club filed the motion after finding out the college is moving 20 of the Phi Kappa Pi brothers to another dorm, after the school determined the house doesn’t meet living standards, as reported by Fox11Online.com

A 1988 contract states that the school is responsible for all repairs, renovations, and maintenance of the 71-year-old Merriman House.

By closing the house, the school believes they are doing what is in the best interest of the school and its students. Tyler Schultz, a Ripon Phi Kappa Pi Chapter Vice President said, “We think its weird that they were to maintain and upkeep the house and they agreed to do that, and now we’re being kicked out for it being deemed unlivable.”

Renovations to the house has been estimated to cost somewhere between $800,000 and $1.5 million. The alumni club says that they have even offered to pay for the renovations, but the college contends that they have yet to receive a written proposal.

The alumni club asserts that the lawsuit was their last option to keep their house open.

A hearing is scheduled for June 3 in a Fond du Lac County court.

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