Thursday, June 11, 2009

UK SigEps Get Two Year Suspension for Hazing

Fraternity suspended due to alleged hazing
by Melissa Vessels

UK’s chapter of one of the largest national fraternities has received a two-year suspension following a hazing incident, according to the associate dean of students.

The Kentucky Alpha chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon, located on Pennsylvania Avenue, was suspended on May 8 after alleged hazing involving personal servitude during the pledging process. The fraternity also violated a temporary suspension put in place during the investigation that began on March 5, said Associate Dean of Students Tony Blanton in an e-mail to the Kernel.

According to a letter from the Dean of Students Office to Sigma Phi Epsilon President Aaron Tutt, the organization is “excluded from university premises and all other privileges granted to registered student organizations.” The letter warns that violation of the suspension could result in disciplinary expulsion. The organization has the option to appeal the decision to the University Appeals Board.

Sigma Phi Epsilon will be eligible to apply for university registration on July 1, 2011.

Attempts to contact Tutt were unsuccessful by press time.