In April 2017, the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity at Northwestern was suspended from the university for violating terms of a disciplinary probation by serving alcohol to minors.
Northwestern announced the suspension on Monday, April 24, 2017, stating that the SAE chapter at the school will be suspended until September 1, 2018, after they “repeatedly” hosted parties and provided alcohol to minors.
At the time, Sigma Alpha Epsilon said in a statement that it “maintains stringent guidelines and expectations for our members.”
Following their suspension, SAE returned to the Northwestern campus on September 19 and will remain on alcohol and disciplinary probation.
According to a release from the office of fraternity and sorority life, the fraternity’s national headquarters picked 17 undergraduates to be allowed to return out of about 35 originally eligible.
The SAE house will also have a house director living at the chapter full-time during the fall quarter to serve as a mentor, according to the release. To ensure the “safety and wellness” of students, the fraternity will be “addressing ongoing expectations and standards set forth by both the university and their headquarters through education and increased measures of accountability,” upon its return.
Last October, Northwestern’s inter-fraternity council announced it would not recognize SAE until 2021, the Daily reported. It said the local chapter had violated the terms of its suspension and continued to make the community “less and less safe.”
Earlier, a representative of SAE on the council claimed the fraternity has been the subject of harassment and death threats on the internet, according to the Daily, accusing the council of “discounting the rights of the accused.”
Furthermore, the news release said that the probationary period will last through the rest of the 2018-19 school year.