Tuesday, November 7, 2017

UT Fraternity Suspended For Breaking Hazing Rules

Posted By on Tue, Nov 7, 2017 at 3:20 PM

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The University of Texas chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity has been shuttered for at least four years after reports of hazing within the chapter reached SAE's headquarters.

"[The UT chapter] was not living up to our values and was not complying with many of our health-and-safety policies," wrote SAE in a Tuesday press release.
"Sigma Alpha Epsilon has zero tolerance for any actions ... not consistent with our mission and our creed, 'The True Gentleman.'"

It's still unknown how exactly the UT fraternity broke these rules. SAE said the investigation into the UT chapter was prompted by an anonymous tip left on the organization's hazing hotline

SAE is known nationally for having the most member deaths of any national fraternity organization — many of them being the result of extreme hazing. Between 2005 and 2013, SAE chapters saw no less than 10 of its members die. The deaths prompted SAE to entirely ban hazing in 2014.

The organization has also made headlines for chapters' explicitly racist actions, like hosting a blackface party or merrily singing chants about never allowing an African-American into its frat. SAE members have also been regular suspects of sexual assault or rape charges (on many campuses, students say SAE stands for “Sexual Assault Expected").

Thirty SAE chapters have been shut down in the past five years for violating both college rules and state law.

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