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Miami disciplines two fraternities

Miami has suspended one fraternity for three years and imposed sanctions against a second following separate and unrelated disciplinary proceedings fall semester.

Delta Tau Delta was suspended through Dec. 31, 2003, after being held responsible for a series of incidents that occurred this past fall involving a neighboring fraternity.

University Disciplinary Board found the fraternity in violation of the student conduct code on 11 charges for actions that ranged from throwing rocks and damaging personal property to trespassing, according to Susan Vaughn, director of judicial affairs.

Disciplinary Board also ruled that Delta Tau Delta must pay restitution, which is expected to total about $2,000.

The fraternity may apply to the university for recognition no sooner than January 2004. Permission to return to campus will be based on an acceptable reorganization plan.

Any retaliation by the fraternity could affect the university’s decision to permit the chapter to return in 2004, according to Vaughn, who added that individual members found responsible for retaliation could face summary suspension.

The board heard the Delta Tau Delta case Nov. 6 and 13.

In other action, Disciplinary Board found Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE) responsible for two charges of violating the student conduct code. The board found that the fraternity had violated a previous sanction by buying alcohol during a period when they were prohibited from having any events with alcohol.

The new sanctions prohibit SAE from sponsoring events with alcohol — in-house or elsewhere — for five years. In addition, the fraternity is to write a letter to all chapter alumni outlining the situation and the alcohol sanctions by Jan. 15. The fraternity also is to sponsor six alcohol education programs by May 15 and document that 60 percent of the members attended.

The sanctions against SAE were issued by the board Nov. 2 and upheld by the University Appeals Board Dec. 6.

University regulations allow disclosure of the results of disciplinary proceedings against organizations, but only after all appeals have been decided.

Date Published: 01/11/2001
Volume: 20   Number: 20

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