A fraternity at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln which had just received permission to re-open its house in Lincoln has once again been suspended; its house closed.
UNL Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Juan Franco has announced sanctions imposed on Sigma Chi after an investigation into an off-campus gathering indicated the fraternity violated the terms of its probation.
Charges of hazing and providing alcohol to minors landed the fraternity on probation in 2009.
UNL reports that campus police received a report of a possible sexual assault occurred at the fraternity house August 31st. No criminal charges are being filed, but the investigation into the allegation disclosed that the reported sexual assault happened during an off-campus party in which members of Sigma Chi provided alcohol to minors. That violated an agreement between the Sigma Chi alumni board and UNL following the sanctions imposed in 2009.
“This ‘re-suspension’ is disappointing, but is the right action,” Franco said in a written statement released by the university. “This university administration and community of scholars will not tolerate behavior that goes against the conduct that is expected and required of our students. This university supports student learning, leadership and engagement, and we have no interest in supporting groups that have activities that can potentially harm other students.
“Our students require a supportive, safe environment. We will not accept behavior that is any less.”
Franco added that UNL administrators will meet with the Sigma Chi alumni board to discuss the long-term future of the house.
The new sanctions include a suspension of indefinite length that begins October 20th. Sigma Chi’s house is no longer a university-approved housing unit and, during the suspension, no one will be allowed to live in the Sigma Chi house. No formal activities will be held there as well.