The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity chapter as East Carolina University has been shut down due to risk management violations.
John Mountz, the Director of Greek Life at ECU, said in a letter that the Sigma Phi Epsilon national fraternity has revoked the charter of the chapter at East Carolina.
The letter says the decision was reached in unison with the local Sigma Phi Epsilon alumni and volunteer committee. The decision to revoke the fraternity’s charter was made after reviewing their recent history of risk management violations.
ECU Greek Life officials were notified by the Sigma Phi Epsilon National Fraternity that ECU’s Sigma Phi Epsilon would have its charter revoked.
In an email to Greek life, ECU Greek Life Director John Mountz said, “While we are saddened to lose an active chapter from our community, we agree with and support Sigma Phi Epsilon’s decision to hold the chapter accountable to the Fraternity’s expectations.”
Mountz went on to say he fully expected Sigma Phi Epsilon to return to ECU in the future as they expand.
Sigma Phi Epsilon, which had been at ECU since 1961, had its charter revoked in December 2010 and remained suspended for the next four years. Similarly, the chapter was temporarily suspended in 2015 after a rape allegation and was reopened after the investigation.
The actions of a few brothers, some of whom have moved on in life and no longer are associated with the fraternity, were included in the reasoning for our chapter’s closure. These dates of allegations were traced back to 2010, before our oldest active member had even graduated high school,” the chapter said in a statement.