DKE is currently the only active fraternity on the UVic campus, and is one of the two Greek Letter Organizations found here, along with the sorority Kappa Beta Gamma.
Unlike many other Canadian universities, UVic has been fairly slow to adopt Greek life. The first appearance of interest in a fraternity was the Toga Club, formed in 1986. A purely local fraternity, Kappa Theta Omega, was founded in 1988 but proved to be short-lived. The first international fraternity at UVic, Phi Delta Theta, installed its BC Beta chapter the same year, followed by Phi Gamma Delta and Delta Upsilon in 1990.
The arrival of Greek life led to controversy in the student government in the 1990s, with the UVic Students' Society passing policies against the recognition of GLOs. At the same time, however, three elected UVSS executives were also members of Delta Upsilon. By the end of the 1990s, however, all the fraternities at UVic had disappeared.
Over ten years later, GLOs finally began to make a comeback. In summer 2009 Jeffrey Pearson, an engineering student, and his friend and co-worker Brendan Tan became interested in starting a UVic fraternity. With the help of active brothers and alumni from the Phi Alpha (UBC) chapter of DKE, a colony was created which received its charter as the Beta Tau chapter on March 27, 2010. Beta Tau subsequently won the DKE International award for the Most Improved Chapter.
Meanwhile, the UVSS' policy against GLOs was struck down at a general meeting of students in February 2010. While the UVSS voted not to recognize fraternities and sororities at a subsequent general meeting in October, the Beta Tau chapter of DKE continues to grow and contribute to the campus community.
From 15 active members in Fall of 2010, Beta Tau has expanded to over 40 active members.
The chapter's record of successful philanthropy projects includes holding a bottle drive fundraiser for Molly Campbell, a local child diagnosed with leukemia; raising money for the student Food Bank through a healthy food eating contest; co-hosting the Bachelor/Bachelorette Auction for the MS Society along with Kappa Beta Gamma for two years in a row; and organizing the UVic Undie Run to benefit the Canadian Cancer Foundation. We also hold a variety of social events, from sports days to game nights to parties to formals.