An underage student found intoxicated in a University of North Georgia Dahlonega campus residence hall said she got the alcohol at a Sigma Alpha Epsilon event in January, according to a report from the university.
The fraternity is now on social probation for the rest of the calendar year.
The national Sigma Alpha Epsilon organization said Monday the sanction stemmed from alcohol-related violations “originally reported to SAE headquarters in February.”
University spokeswoman Sylvia Carson said Monday, March 19, the investigation was closed.
According to the report, the fraternity’s president said the organization “hosted a non-registered party during recruitment and that he and his SAE brothers provided 30 packs of beer apiece to share with anyone attending the party.”
“This probation means the organization may only participate in philanthropic and community service events registered and approved through the university from now throughout the remainder of 2018,” Carson wrote in an email.
Another person whose name was withheld in the report said “even though one of membership knew they were not supposed (to) have alcohol at a recruiting event and due to their national moratorium, they still hosted the party with alcohol because wanting (sic) to stay relevant as an organization,” according to the report.
“When incidents are brought to Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s attention, we take immediate attention and will not hesitate to impose sanctions on any member or chapter that do not follow our stringent guidelines and expectations. The national organization is committed to the safety and well-being of our members and the guests with whom they interact, which includes making sure our members provide a safe, enjoyable environment for all,” the national SAE organization said in a statement Monday.
“We maintain a zero-tolerance policy for any behavior that deviates from our policies, mission and creed. Our goal is to provide a meaningful and beneficial experience for all of our members and the communities in which they live. The Fraternity Service Center of Sigma Alpha Epsilon is dedicated to the success of its chapter at the University of North Georgia, as well as the health and safety of its members.”
Two sororities at UNG’s Dahlonega campus, Phi Mu and Kappa Delta, were also under an interim suspension pending an investigation, according to university officials. Carson said Monday those investigations were ongoing.
The sororities did not return requests for comment by The Times.