Sigma Phi Epsilon temporarily ceases operations due to policy violation


Courtesy of Sigma Phi Epsilon Houses

SigEp was founded in 1901 at the University of Richmond. Tulane’s chapter was founded in 1941.

Following a recent investigation by Sigma Phi Epsilon nationals, the Tulane chapter has ceased operations. Neither Tulane’s Office of Fraternity and Sorority Programs nor Sig Ep nationals have disclosed specifics about the reason for the sanction.

The Louisiana Alpha chapter has not been closed, but is currently under investigation.

According to Tulane’s Organizational Conduct History, the chapter was placed on probation for the spring 2015 semester for failure to comply with general policy and alcohol policy. In fall 2014, the frat was suspended for violation of alcohol policy, and last spring they were placed on probation for disorderly conduct, alcohol violations and community disruption.

Below are statements from Liz Schafer, director of fraternity and sorority programs, and Andrew Parrish, Sigma Phi Epsilon strategic communications director.

Liz Schafer:

“The local chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon has received a “cease operations” request from the fraternity’s national headquarters as it investigates the chapter for possible violations of its policies. Tulane is assisting in this investigation and will comment on the outcome once the investigation is complete.”

Andrew Parrish:

“Sigma Phi Epsilon is committed to creating a safe and healthy environment at Tulane University.”

The Sig Ep staff, in cooperation with the Tulane administration, has identified areas of concern within the local chapter. No action has been taken to remove the Louisiana Alpha charter, and the chapter remains open. At this time the Tulane chapter has been asked to pause its daily operations while students, volunteers and staff work to assess the current chapter experience and determine next steps, which will be decided in the coming days.

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