USM investigating allegations of misconduct with SAE fraternity

USM investigating allegations of misconduct with SAE fraternity

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The University of Southern Mississippi is continuing to address allegations of misconduct and incidents of vandalism within the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity house.

In early November, SAE fraternity was suspended after a possible violation of student conduct on homecoming weekend.

In a letter sent to the fraternity on Monday, Tom Burke, vice president for student affairs and vice provost, said the university is addressing the allegations of individual and organizational misconduct by the fraternity, regarding allegations of Code of Student Conduct violations and other policy violations.

Burke said, "We are appreciative and confident that appropriate action will be taken to help ensure the long-term success of the Mississippi Sigma chapter at The University of Southern Mississippi."

USM is specifically addressing those allegations related to violations of the university's Alcohol and Drug Policy.

Burke also said the university is not ruling out addressing other violations of the Code that might be found during the continuing investigation.

In the letter, he stated:

Thus, new information regarding past infractions or new violations of applicable rules or regulations may results in additional actions by the University, including but not limited to closure of the house.

Burke said he plans that "all conduct issues will be resolved prior to the end of the 2016 fall semester with the full cooperation of the National Office and the Chapter's Graduate Advisory Board."

Per the university, no criminal charges have been filed during the University Police Department's investigation.

USM's Office of Greek Life and representatives from the National Office of SAE are directing a membership review, and a chapter redevelopment plan will also be put in place at the start of 2017 spring semester.

Until the investigation is complete, the fraternity is restricted from having any on or off-campus chapter activities.

To read Burke's full letter, click here.