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Any international shipping and import charges are paid in part to Pitney Bowes Inc. Learn More - opens in a new window or tab International shipping and import charges paid to Pitney Bowes Inc. Sigma Alpha Epsilon has had nine deaths linked to drinking, drugs and hazing since , more than any other Greek organization, according to data compiled by Bloomberg in A potential initiate to the SAE chapter at Salisbury University in Maryland alleged that Justin Stuart was beaten with a paddle, forced to drink alcohol to the point of losing consciousness and confined in a basement for nine hours without access to food, water or a bathroom while being subjected to music torture , an experience described as being "almost like Guantanamo Bay ".
The allegations were verified by a university investigation that led to the suspension of the chapter on the grounds that it had violated Salisbury policies on alcohol, hazing, and threats or acts of violence. In May , members of the Arizona State chapter allegedly left an underage member outside a hospital with a note saying "Ive been drinking and I need some help.
As a result of these incidents, student members pay among the highest rates for liability insurance of any fraternity. In January , newly-initiated freshman member of the chapter at the University of California, Irvine died from alcohol poisoning with allegations of fraternity hazing rituals still under investigation. In , the national fraternity organization responded to hazing allegations, stating that it has "zero tolerance for hazing," and that the reported infractions represent a low percentage of its more than chapters and 15, college members. In March the fraternity revised its membership process to replace the term "pledge" with "new member" and require that initiation be completed within 96 hours of new members receiving bids.
The founding chapter at the University of Alabama was suspended in on cocaine-trafficking charges and for violating the university's code against drug use and trafficking. In the fall of , the University of Houston chapter was suspended when the fraternity's president bit off a finger of a female guest's hand during an altercation with her boyfriend at a party held at the fraternity house.
In , the Louisiana State University chapter was suspended after one member died from alcohol poisoning. In , Syracuse University officials suspended the chapter there after a member appeared in blackface. The member was expelled from the university. In , an incident of alleged sexual misconduct with a freshman girl with a member at Louisiana State University LSU occurred.
Also that same year, the LSU chapter was accused of severely beating pledges. The chapter was suspended until January In spring , the Miami University chapter of SAE was suspended after an early morning "fireworks battle" with the neighboring Phi Kappa Tau house led to Oxford police seizing considerable amounts of drug paraphernalia from both houses. Since the groups were temporarily unrecognized while on suspension, sophomores who were living there under fraternity exemption from Miami's two-year campus housing policy were required to vacate the houses and move on campus.
In , the chapter at Arizona State University was banned from campus due to repeated hazing and alcohol violations and questionable behavior. The chapter also faced heavy scrutiny when a member nearly died after participating in a tequila drinking contest. The national organization reacted by closing the chapter. In October , the University of Southern California chapter was closed for reportedly "violating members' health and safety".
In December , Stanford University announced a two-year suspension of SAE housing due to reports of sexual harassment. The incident is under investigation by police and the chapter suspended the member suspected of the assault. The Yale University chapter was temporarily banned against use of the university email and bulletin board system as well as association of the fraternity name and the university following "inappropriate comments" made by SAE members. In April , the University of Arizona chapter was placed under a "cease-and-desist order" by the Sigma Alpha Epsilon headquarters, meaning all activities are suspended until further notice.
The chapter was accused of severely hazing and harming students pledging the fraternity. In July , the University of Richmond Virginia chapter was suspended indefinitely "based on repeated incidents that violated the University's policies and risk management procedures. In January , the chapter at Dartmouth College was suspended by the national office and derecognized by the university for violations of health and safety regulations as well as a failure to comply with the national organization's standards. In April , the UMBC chapter was suspended after allegations of alcohol policy violations, property theft and damage, and failure to comply with previous sanctions also handed for underage drinking, in a party that resulted in 55 police citations.
The University's Student Judicial Board determined that the claims were substantiated, and suspended the chapter for four years. In October , the chapter at Auburn University was suspended for two years after multiple hazing and risk management policy violations over a two-year period. In February , the SAE chapter at Northwestern University was suspended indefinitely after four women alleged they were given date rape drugs at an SAE party, and two stated they were later sexually assaulted.
Two years prior, several members from the chapter were accused of beating up a male neighbor complaining about loud music that was playing at their fraternity house during a recruitment event. Only two members were identified and charged with physical assault for the incident. In March , the SAE chapter at the University of Idaho was suspended after an ongoing investigation by the national organization confirmed the chapter's failure to abide by its national guidelines, including certain safety and health violations.
The university was made aware of the ongoing investigation in December after the chapter was put on a cease and desist order by the national fraternity. The university also learned the allegations included hazing and is conducting an additional investigation into that claim as part of the university's student code of conduct process. In January , the SAE chapter at the University of California, Irvine was suspended after the death of a freshman newly-initiated member of the fraternity. Louis allegedly recited lyrics to Dr. Dre's "Bitches Ain't Shit" in slam poetry form within close proximity of several African-American students in the university's dining hall.
Chapter operations were halted for several months while the chapter was put under investigation due to allegations of racist behavior stemming from the incident. The chapter was fully reinstated following the investigation. In , the chapter at Clemson University hosted a "Cripmas" party in reference to the Southern California-based African-American crips gang.
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The chapter "suspended all activity indefinitely", according to the SAE national office. In March , the national organization of Sigma Alpha Epsilon closed the University of Oklahoma chapter after a video surfaced showing members chanting a song which featured the racial slur, " nigger ," and made reference to lynching. You can hang him from a tree, but he will never sign with me. In May , the SAE chapter at the University of Wisconsin—Madison was placed on suspension for repeatedly using racist, homophobic, misogynistic, and anti-Semitic slurs, and then ostracizing a black SAE member for speaking up against the deplorable behavior.
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