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ECU fraternity closed for next four years

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An East Carolina University chapter of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity is now closed and will remain so for the next four years.

The school announced the move in a press release Friday. The closure was effective as of Feb. 23.

The decision came following an investigation that began once the fraternity was placed on deferred suspension by the university last spring. The inquiry found that the fraternity chapter was not following its redevelopment plan in regards to corrective action on hazing and other policy violations.

ECU will continue investigations into individual behaviors, it said.

“ECU shares, with the national organizations, alumni and advisors, the commitment to holding organizations and students accountable for actions that do not meet expectations. We will continue our efforts to strengthen our campus fraternities, sororities and all student organizations as a key part of the student experience at ECU,” said Dr. Virginia Hardy, ECU vice chancellor for Student Affairs.

Sigma Alpha Epsilon also released a statement about the closure:

The Fraternity Service Center of Sigma Alpha Epsilon regrets to announce the closure of its chapter at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. This action is the direct result of multiple health-and-safety violations and an inability to adhere to the national organization’s standards and guidelines.
All of the collegiate members have been suspended indefinitely from the Fraternity and the chapter will remain closed for no less than four years.
The loss of this group is unfortunate, but suspensions are a critical reminder that adherence to riskmanagement policies and educational programming are crucial to Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s future. When incidents take place that fail to do so, they affect the entire organization and counteract the importance of our values.
We remain hopeful that we can re-establish the chapter at East Carolina University after the suspension ends with new members who exemplify our Ritual and lead the way on campus and in their community.
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