After just a few months in their new $5,000,000 fraternity house, Sigma Phi Epsilon has lost its recognition as an active chapter at Virginia Tech due to misconduct and failure to meet national expectations.
During a formal hearing in February, the university found the chapter responsible for hazing and alcohol violations. The chapter was placed on deferred suspension, pending a reevaluation of its conduct by the end of the semester.
The university also placed sanctions on the chapter, again restricting social events and pushing for better behavior from its members.
Though there was some improvement and a few of the chapter’s goals were reached, several other incidents occurred before the end of the semester. Sixteen members were cited for student violations including underage consumption, public intoxication, theft and vandalism. There was also considerable damage inflicted on the new chapter house.
These incidents, in addition to the fraternity's history of non-compliance, led to the decision for SigEp's charter to be revoked, leaving them unrecognized by both the university and their national leadership.