U of M suspends fraternity until June 2017 over multiple conduct violations

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A fraternity has been suspended by the University of Minnesota for more than a year after a complaint concerning violations that include disorderly conduct, hazing, and drug possession.

WCCO reports that the suspension of the Minnesota chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon followed a complaint in March 2015, which included claims of "harm to person, disorderly conduct, illegal ... possession or use of drugs or alcohol, providing alcohol to minors, thefts or property damage or vandalism, and hazing."

The chapter was found responsible by the Office for Student Conduct in June and though it appealed twice, it failed and was suspended until June 2017, the TV station notes.

In a statement given to BringMeTheNews, the national headquarters of Sigma Alpha Epsilon said its leadership is "working to determine the next steps" following the chapter's "loss of recognition" by the U, which it says "likely will involve strong sanctions for the group."

"We will not tolerate behavior or actions that deviate from our values and mission or those that jeopardize the well-being of our members," it added.

"Sigma Alpha Epsilon maintains stringent guidelines and expectations though our health & safety program, and our leaders do not hesitate to take immediate action when guidelines are not followed properly."

On its website, Sigma Alpha Epsilon describes its members as being "The True Gentlemen of Minnesota Alpha," with its fraternity house located on the "Greek Row" on University Ave. SE., near TCF Bank Stadium.

It was founded in 1902 by William C. Levere, and comprised of "over one hundred young men, hailing from cities across the nation."

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