Auburn University’s Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter shut down following investigation

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Auburn University’s chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon was shut down Friday after the fraternity’s national board of directors revoked the chapter’s charter.

The board’s unanimous decision comes after an investigation into allegations of hazing, drug use and alcohol violations at the fraternity, the Auburn Plainsman wrote. The board and the university started the investigation in the fall and found evidence supporting the allegations, officials said in a statement to the newspaper.

“Since 2012, members of the Auburn Chapter have consistently refused to align with the mission and purpose of our fraternity,” the statement said. “After reviewing the evidence, it was determined that the chapter’s violations demonstrated a continued desire to perpetuate an experience rooted in alcohol, drug use and hazing.”

On Wednesday, the national fraternity announced a substance-free policy for all of its chapters across the U.S. The announcement came two days after Florida State University banned all fraternities and sororities after the death of a 20-year-old Pi Kappa Phi fraternity pledge.

“As recent tragic events have demonstrated, fraternities today have real problems,” said SigEp CEO Brian Warren in the statement regarding the substance-free policy. “Sigma Phi Epsilon and our peers have unfortunately earned a reputation for being organizations that promote alcohol consumption, misogyny and violence. For SigEp, there can be no more discussion about maintaining that status quo. Fraternities must change.”

Officials did not release details of what they found during the investigation at Auburn. The decision ceases all the local chapter’s activity immediately. Local alumni and university administrators supported the decision.

“SigEp’s National Board of Directors has made it clear that member safety is paramount, and when chapters fail to live by our values it will take immediate and appropriate action,” officials said. 

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