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UW suspends fraternity for code of conduct violations

MADISON, Wis. - The Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity chapter at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has been terminated as a student organization for violating student organization code of conduct policies, according to a release.

The fraternity had previously been placed on suspension in December for policy violations.

While an organization is suspended, it must operate according to the terms set by the Committee on Student Organizations, officials said.

In July, the committee received a report alleging that the fraternity had violated the terms of its suspension, according to the release. Madison police reported than an officer had responded to a large party at the chapter house on July 23 and found underage students consuming alcohol.

Following an investigation by the Division of Student Live, the committee found the chapter had intentionally violated the terms of its suspension by hosting an event that was not permitted under the terms, officials said.

The committee voted to terminate the fraternity and stipulated that the organization may not attempt to re-register as a student organization for five years, according to the release.

Termination means that a student organization loses all rights and privileges that are associated with being a registered student organization, including the ability to hold events on campus, officials said.

The chapter can appeal the committee's decision.

A national Sigma Phi Epsilon spokesman said the chapter isn't committed to following expectations but didn't immediately respond when asked whether the fraternity would appeal.

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