Correction: This story has been modified from its original version. — Original published 5/30/2013. Updated 6/29/2013.
After one semester in their new $5 million fraternity house, Sigma Phi Epsilon lost its recognition as an active chapter at Virginia Tech due to misconduct and failure to meet national expectations, as cited by their May 2013 Chapter History and Summary of Support.
During a formal hearing on Feb. 15, the university found the chapter responsible for violations to the Student Code of Conduct, and placed the chapter on deferred suspension pending reevaluation by the end of the semester. According to the Chapter History and Summary of Support, the chapter was also "found to be responsible for both hazing and alcohol beverage policy violations."
The action plan during suspension included additional sanctions, such as "creation of a voluntary and discipline action plan" and "100 percent participation in community service of at least 10 hours in the spring and 25 hours in the fall of 2013 per member," in addition to other sanctions, outlined in the Chapter History and Summary of Support.
In the months following the sanctions, the chapter did show some areas of improvement. The document notes that "the recruitment, alcohol and discipline plans, and short term goals for spring 2013 were completed and timely submitted."
Several incidents occurred before the end of the semester however, and according to the Chapter History and Summary of Support, "Despite this progress, the following individual and small group incidents and behavior continued to suggest that little had changed within the culture of the chapter."
These incidents refer to 16 members who were cited for student violations, among them: underage consumption, public intoxication, theft and vandalism. The Chapter History and Summary of Support also notes damage inflicted on the new chapter house, such as "defacing columns, damaged/broken doors, damaged donor plaques."
The understanding that accompanied the suspension, according to the Chapter History and Summary of Support, outlined that "should the chapter fail to meet the specific sanctions or further violate university policies, the organization would be subject to immediate loss of recognition, typically for a period of four or more years."
It was these incidents, in addition to the fraternity's four and a half year history of non-compliance that led to the decision for SigEp's charter to be ultimately revoked by the university.
**Editor's note: Source for all subject matter regarding Sigma Phi Epsilon's loss of recognition and removal from campus can be found here.