Thursday, June 18, 2009

UK Sig Eps Appeal Two-year Suspension

UK Sig Eps Win Appeal but Still on Probation

UK’s Kentucky Alpha Chapter of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity won their appeal to the University Appeals Board on Monday following their sentencing to a two-year suspension by the university for an alleged hazing incident.

Despite winning the appeal, the fraternity is placed on disciplinary probation until July 1, 2011, according to a letter sent to Sigma Phi Epsilon President Aaron Tutt from the Dean of Students Office. The letter outlines 15 additional sanctions imposed on the fraternity. A violation of the terms could result in “disciplinary suspension or disciplinary expulsion,” according to the letter.

Tutt could not be reached for comment by press time.

Sigma Phi Epsilon sanctions

- The chapter must undergo a thorough membership review conducted by the Sigma Phi Epsilon Headquarters.
- The chapter must have a trained, functioning Alumni and Volunteer Corporation, Balanced Man Steward and Chapter Counselor.
- The chapter is not permitted to engage in recruitment activity of any kind until the membership review is complete and the Alumni and Volunteer Corporation, Balanced Man Steward and Chapter Counselor are in place.
- The chapter must pay its current debt to the university in full ($20,064 as of June 30), and will not be re-registered until the debt is cleared.
- The chapter is ineligible for university housing for the duration of the disciplinary probation. After the probation, the chapter can pursue housing opportunities with the university.
- The chapter must follow Sigma Phi Epsilon’s Balanced Man Program to provide a positive four-year developmental experience for members.
- The chapter must hold a university-approved anti-hazing seminar for its members at the beginning of each semester while on probation. Attendance must be mandatory and documentation of members attending, including any action taken against those not attending, must be submitted to the Fraternity & Sorority Affairs Office no later than one week after the event.
- The chapter must develop a membership contract that outlines all expectations and requirements for continued membership in Sigma Phi Epsilon. The contract must include an anti-hazing clause. Copies of the signed contracts must be submitted to the Fraternity & Sorority Affairs Office before the first day of class in each fall semester. Contracts for new members must be submitted within one week of the pledging date.
- The chapter must compile and submit to the Fraternity & Sorority Affairs Office an accurate, complete calendar of events prior to the first day of class in each semester for the duration of the disciplinary probation. The calendar of events must include all chapter activities and events for the upcoming semester, including any social, service, brotherhood, pledge or philanthropy events as well as chapter meetings, pledge meetings and Rites of Passage ceremonies.
- The chapter must have a university-approved alumni adviser or AVC member present at every pledging activity/event for the duration of the probation.
- The chapter must have a representative of the Sigma Phi Epsilon Headquarters present at all Rites of Passage ceremonies for the duration of the probation.
- The chapter must hold all pledge and chapter meetings at the university’s Student Center for the duration of the probation.
- The chapter must move its office elections to November so that new officers are in place in January. Executive officers must attend Sigma Phi Epsilon’s Carlson Leadership Academy in February for the duration of the probation.
- The chapter president, vice president for development and risk management officer must meet weekly with the assistant director of Fraternity & Sorority Affairs/fraternity adviser through July 1, 2010.
- The chapter must organize and implement a Standards Board using the guidelines set forth by Sigma Phi Epsilon Headquarters. The Standards Board should be appointed and operational by September 1, 2009. All actions taken by the Standards Board should be reported to the Fraternity & Sorority Affairs Office within one week of the action.