UW suspends Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity for ‘creating discriminatory environment’

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The Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity has been suspended from all university activities until November, according to a release.

The fraternity will be suspended until Nov. 1, officials said.

University of Wisconsin-Madison officials said they decided to suspend the fraternity after receiving a complaint on March 7 from a student member alleging a hostile, discriminatory environment from 2014 to early 2016.

The student-led Committee on Student Organizations found the chapter violated the Student Organization Code of Conduct by creating an environment that was discriminatory, according to the release.

“The committee found that the fraternity did take action in response to certain complaints of the member, but those actions were insufficient to improve the overall environment,” the release said.

The chapter was notified Tuesday, and they can appeal the decision.

The suspension means the chapter is barred from Greek community events and activities, conducting fall recruitment and operating with the rights and privileges of a Registered Student Organization, according to the release. Members will also have to complete training in diversity, inclusion and mental health before the chapter can be reinstated.