Sigma Alpha Epsilon at East Carolina University has been placed on suspension while the university investigates violations of the student code of conduct.
According to reports, ECU announced on Friday, March 2, that Sigma Alpha Epsilon had been placed on deferred suspension a year ago for violations of ECU’s and the fraternity’s hazing policy.
The university said that they would continue to investigate the behavior of individual members of SAE.
SAE is one of East Carolina’s 23 fraternities.
The fraternity was put on a “redevelopment plan” after the suspension, but was not following the terms of the agreement, which led to the closure. The fraternity will be closed for a period of four years, ECU officials said.
“ECU shares, with the national organizations, alumni and advisors, the commitment to holding organizations and students accountable for actions that do not meet expectations,” Virginia Hardy, ECU’s vice chancellor for student affairs, said in a news release. “We will continue our efforts to strengthen our campus fraternities, sororities and all student organizations as a key part of the student experience at ECU.”
The closure of SAE marks the third fraternity closed at East Carolina this year.
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.