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Virginia Tech's Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity chapter shut down by school leaders

May 30, 2013|Brendan King | WDBJ7 Intern

BLACKSBURG, Va. — A Virginia Tech fraternity is no longer welcomed on campus.

School leaders and the national board of directors decided to close the Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter at Virginia Tech.

"The members of the fraternity had been cited a couple of years now for a variety of infractions. Infractions that impinge on the safety and wellbeing of its students," Mark Owczarski, Assistant Vice President of news and information, said.

According to documents obtained by WDBJ7, the chapter was found to be responsible for both hazing and alcohol beverage policy violations.

In one instance, the report shows that a new member was forced to drink vodka until he vomited.

On several occasions, the fraternity was cited for underage drinking and even theft from other fraternity houses.    

Just five months ago, the fraternity moved into a $5 million home on Oak Lane.  Virginia Tech paid $3 million on the home as part of a cost-sharing agreement to keep Greek life on campus.

Sigma Phi Epsilon members are also accused of damaging the home, defacing columns and breaking doors.

Now that Sigma Phi no longer occupies this house, Virginia Tech has decided to convert it to a live-in center, only one of eleven on campus.

In a statement Brian Warren, the Executive Director of the fraternity based out of Richmond said:

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"For the last two years, Fraternity staff members and local volunteers have been working to effect change, with little response from the undergraduate members."

It goes on to say "...charter withdrawal is the only option."

If the fraternity takes the necessary steps it could be reinstated, that process could take more than a year.

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