Sigma Alpha Mu at Ohio State University has been suspended.
While the university allowed Sigma Alpha Mu to resume recruitment this year, the national headquarters found the fraternity’s behavior so reprehensible that they decided to suspend the fraternity again.
The chapter has been suspended from the school for the second time in less than five years, after just one full year back on campus since its first suspension in 2013.
The fraternity’s national headquarters suspended the frat due to violations of the fraternity’s hazing and alcohol policies. The decision to close the fraternity is the result of an internal investigation into the chapter conducted by its national headquarters.
via The Lantern:
“The Sigma Alpha Mu International Fraternity has suspended the charter at the Sigma Beta Chapter at The Ohio State University (OSU), effective immediately,” said Andy Huston, the fraternity’s executive director, in the email.
It is unclear whether the members of SAM will have to move out of their fraternity house on Iuka Avenue. It also is unclear how long the suspension will be.
“Our top priority is to create a healthy and safe environment for our members and to foster a culture of responsibility in our chapters,” the email read. “We simply will not tolerate such violations of policies, expectations and values.”
SAM, commonly known as “Sammy,” was approved by Ohio State to conduct recruitment and new member activities Spring Semester, but was not yet approved for social events, according to the website set up by the Office of Student Life in an effort to become more transparent following the suspension of all 37 IFC chapters at the end of the past semester.
Sigma Alpha Mu’s suspension comes at a tumultuous time for Ohio State Greek Life as they try to implement widespread reform.
This is the latest fraternity suspension in the last year, as schools such as Indiana University, the University of Michigan, Ohio State University, Texas State, Florida State, Ball State, Louisiana State and Penn State have all suspended fraternities.