HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity has been placed on disciplinary probation and is barred from hosting any social event, on or off campus.
This is following an investigation by the Dean of Students Office for possible violations to the university's alcohol and drug policy.
The investigation into SAE was prompted after a party held at the fraternity house over USM's Homecoming Weekend in October of 2016.
Based on the campus police department's case log, a complaint was filed on November 18, 2016. The incident recorded is alcohol possession by a minor in the overnight hours of October 29th into October 30, 2016.
Members of the fraternity are still allowed to live and work in the house. Here are more of the guidelines from USM's Dean of Students Office:
- The fraternity house remains open to members but the fraternity is currently precluded from hosting social events, on or off campus
- The SAE fraternity has been placed on disciplinary probation through the Spring 2018 semester. The Dean of Students Office, Office of Greek Life, Graduate Advisory Board and the Fraternity/Sorority Committee will guide and monitor its success and compliance.
- The fraternity must follow the directed leadership and membership redevelopment plan as developed by the fraternity’s leadership, SAE National Office, Graduate Advisory Board, Office of Greek Life, Fraternity/Sorority Committee, and Dean of Students Office.
WDAM 7 reached out to the national media representative at Sigma Alpha Epsilon's headquarters.
The headquarters issued this statement:
According to the University of Southern Mississippi's Greek Life website, the SAE house is at full occupancy with 34 members.
Details surrounding exactly what happened at that homecoming party have never been made clear. WDAM 7 has filed a freedom of information act request to get a copy of the full police report from the university.
This is a developing story and we will update you with more details on the investigation when that report comes in.