Last week, we brought you the report of five Northwestern students alleging that they were drugged, with three of them claiming they were sexually assaulted at two on-campus fraternity houses. It seems as though the national headquarters for Sigma Alpha Epsilon have enough evidence to suspend the chapter.
SAE Nationals have suspended the fraternity’s chapter on the Northwestern University campus after allegations of sexual assault at the fraternity house were announced, officials confirmed.
Via Chicago Tribune:
“They have to cease and desist all operations,” said Brandon Weghorst, SAE spokesman.
Separately, the Interfraternity Council, which governs social fraternities on campus, has suspended indefinitely all social activities for all campus fraternities, Northwestern University spokesman Bob Rowley confirmed.
The suspension of Illinois Psi-Omega, NU’s chapter of the SAE fraternity, means members cannot hold chapter meetings, attend fraternity social events or do any other activities under the SAE banner, Weghorst said. The suspension is expected to stay in place while the reported assaults are under investigation.
Weghorst made clear that the suspension “does not mean that the chapter is closing; it doesn’t mean they are booted from the house.”
The SAE letters will be allowed to remain on the house while the fraternity is suspended. If the campus chapter is disbanded, the letters could be removed.