Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity suspended

May 17, 2016 By John Lucas

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, 627 N. Lake St., has been suspended from all university activities until Nov. 1, 2016.

The suspension comes in response to a March 7 complaint from a student member alleging a hostile, discriminatory environment in the chapter during a period from 2014 to early 2016.

The student-led Committee on Student Organizations found the chapter violated the Student Organization Code of Conduct by creating an environment that was discriminatory. The committee found that the fraternity did take action in response to certain complaints of the member, but those actions were insufficient to improve the overall environment.

The decision was delivered to the chapter today. The chapter has the right to appeal the decision to the Division of Student Life.

The suspension means that the chapter is barred from Greek community events and activities, conducting a fall recruitment and operating with the rights and privileges of a Registered Student Organization. Also, additional training in diversity, inclusion and mental health will be required of all members of the chapter before it can be reinstated.

“These type of actions are in direct contradiction to the values SAE purports to uphold, as well as our institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion here at UW–Madison,” Chancellor Rebecca Blank wrote in a letter to the Sigma Alpha Epsilon national office. The chancellor also indicated that she intends to meet with the SAE national president and the local chapter president prior to the reinstatement of the chapter.

A timeline of events is available here.