The Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity will close its chapter on The University of Mississippi campus. Dean of Students Sparky Reardon says the closure comes after numerous accounts of hazing and underage drinking within the UM chapter, which violated fraternity and university policies.
In February, the Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter at the university was suspended indefinitely after three 19-year-old freshmen within the fraternity were accused of placing a noose and old Georgia state flag on a campus statue. The statue depicts James Meredith entering the university in 1962.
"Sigma Phi Epsilon is committed to being a different kind of fraternity – one that recognizes the importance of the out-of-classroom experience and is committed to making that experience the safest and most empowering part of a college male's life," said SigEp CEO Brian Warren. "Though it's always painful to close a chapter, these students' actions clearly illustrate a determination to perpetuate an experience based on risky and unconstructive behavior. In these cases, we have no choice but to close the chapter and return to campus at a later date."
The fraternity went on to say that the incident involving the James Meredith statue did not directly result in the chapter's closure, but it did mark the beginning of an intensified period of review.
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