Grand Valley State University has banned the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity for at least five years following an investigation spurred by a September 29 incident in which a member suffered alcohol poisoning.
The unidentified fraternity member, who was of legal age, was transported from the fraternity sanctioned event for care.
According to university officials, the investigation began in September. The fraternity members appealed the decision but the school upheld the fraternity’s ban. Furthermore, officials said that while investigating the alcohol-related incident, they also found evidence of hazing and other alcohol-related offenses.
Stephen Glass, acting vice provost for student affairs and dean of students, told MLive Wednesday, Nov. 15, that his approximately five-week investigation revealed student code violations for hazing and consumption of alcohol were widespread enough to warrant dismissal.
“The message we are trying to send all our organizations is to live the values you’ve set that match those of the university,” he said.
“Respect for others, integrity and positive development of individuals are aspects of our community values. We have got a lot of really good students and high standards.”
Next year, he said GVSU’s Interfraternity Council is requiring mandatory education and training regarding anti-hazing and alcohol and sexual assault awareness.
Sigma Phi Epsilon had just got off probation in January 2017.
In March, Delta Upsilon fraternity at GVSU had been closed due to multiple drug and alcohol violations.