Sigma Alpha Epsilon Loses Charter

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The Lion just posted that Columbia’s colony of Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s charter has been revoked, allegedly over a hazing incident. Sigma Alpha Epsilon has only been on campus since May 2012. Katherine Cutler responded to our inquiry with the following statement:

Last spring, Student Affairs conducted a thorough review of the organization and it was determined that SAE was in violation of several Columbia policies. As a result, SAE’s provisional recognition was withdrawn. Under federal student privacy law, we do not comment or disclose any additional information about specific cases.

This comes in the wake of ZBT losing its charter until 2015. Last month, a Greek member explained the ZBT brothers’ choice to go inactive as a consequence of increasing scrutiny and the Interfraternal Greek Council’s impossible standards and unfavorable policies, which might be the case here. More information as it comes in.

Update (3:40 pm): We confirmed that SAE was taken off the roster at the beginning of the year. The Judicial Board reviewed the case by itself and has, naturally, been close-lipped about it.

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  1. and  

    both stories came from the Lion!

  2. Anonymous  

    just in case people get confused
    Sigma Phi Epsilon = Sig Ep
    Sigma Alpha Epsilon = not Sig Ep

  3. Anonymous  

    Bwog starts quoting from its competitor? The decline continues

  4. Anonymous  

    Looking back at the Spec article about SAE coming to columbia in May of 2012, I found this jewel of a comment, written in response to people bringing up the frat's reputation for hazing:

    "Really? Are you guys that stupid to think that what happened at Cornell and Dartmouth is bound to happen here because it happens to be the same national fraternity? The members of each chapter of the same fraternity will always be completely different according to school, i.e. SAE brothers at Columbia will be different from SAE brothers at Dartmouth - the fact that they share the same letters doesn't say all that much. Clearly, at Columbia, where Greek Life is INTENSELY regulated and monitored by both students and the admin, the members of this SAE chapter will actually respect risk reduction/non-hazing rules."

    • not quite an insider but  

      If only you knew the details of what actually happened and how it was framed as hazing

    • Anonymous  

      Having a pledge go to the hospital from drinking too much is very different from pledges dying like what happened at SAE in Dartmouth. This could have happened to any Columbia fraternity- really has nothing to do with SAE's national reputation

      ZBT is nationally a Jewish fraternity... quite different from the Columbia baseball meatheads in ZBT here

      • frattiest man alive  

        a) frat bro here and trust me, we're not sending kids to the hospital and I don't know any frat that does.
        b) even if we were, moral crappiness on another related institution's part doesn't absolve you of your moral crappiness, bros.

  5. Anonymous  

    Cornell, not Dartmouth**

  6. Hey, ignoramus...that's not Kosher!

    "ZBT is nationally a Jewish fraternity... quite different from the Columbia baseball meatheads in ZBT here"

    Yeah, the meatheads at other ZBT chapters must keep away from dairy.

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