Penn State University has suspended the school’s Sigma Alpha Epsilon after “several reported violations”
Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s House Corporation Alumni Board decided to make a “proactive, executive decision” to close the fraternity property on December 17 for the rest of the 2017-2018 academic year.
According to Brandon Weghors, SAE’s Chief Communications Officer, local alumni leaders first became aware of the violations on December 5 and decided to proactively apply the suspension shortly thereafter. They suspended all fraternity activity and notified university officials and the national organization.
Furthermore, Weghors said that alternative housing arrangements have been made for members who currently live at the property.
“The House Corporation Alumni Board for Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s chapter at Penn State has made a proactive, executive decision to close the chapter house property. This closure goes into effect on Dec. 17 and will continue for at least the remainder of the 2017-2018 academic year,” the fraternity said in a release.
It started last week when “local alumni leaders initially became aware of several reported violations on Dec. 5.” Those leaders shuttered the chapter’s activity and reported their actions to Penn State and the national organization. Exactly what the violations are was not released. Penn State was equally quiet about the violations, but did confirm its own actions.
“Penn State investigates any report of misconduct it receives. Sigma Alpha Epsilon has been placed on interim suspension by the university while it conducts its own investigation of the allegations through Penn State’s Conduct Process,” spokeswoman Lisa Powers said.
Other investigations are being conducted by the fraternity on both the local and national level.
This suspension comes at a tumultuous time for Penn State Greek Life, as all Pennsylvania State University fraternities were placed under a social ban following the tragic death of student Timothy Piazza of New Jersey, who fell down the stairs at Beta Theta Pi in February after an alcohol-related hazing ritual.