“faced sexual assault allegations earlier this year, was reportedly placed on an additional administrative suspension for hazing allegations”
Frats have to be very careful. It seems like some schools are just looking for reasons to get rid of them.
ABC4 in Utah reports:
University of Utah terminates Kappa Sigma recognition after policy violations
The University of Utah terminated its recognition of the Kappa Sigma fraternity chapter on Friday, Dec. 23, after reported violations of university policies and rules. This is the second time Kappa Sigma has lost recognition with the university since 2002.
As part of the termination, the Kappa Sigma chapter will no longer be allowed to operate as a fraternity affiliated with the University of Utah and will not be recognized as a student organization.
Kappa Sigma, which faced sexual assault allegations earlier this year, was reportedly placed on an additional administrative suspension for hazing allegations on Oct. 26, 2022. Both investigations into the allegations reportedly found the fraternity not guilty of sexual assault and hazing. However, the fraternity chapter was placed on probation for having alcohol at the fraternity house.
According to a decision letter written by Vice President for Student Affairs Lori McDonald, the fraternity was “unequivocally” ordered to suspend its events, including philanthropy events planned during the week of Halloween, while an investigation into the hazing allegations was ongoing.
University of Utah leadership said the fraternity went ahead with the events, including pumpkin painting, a therapy dog event, and a car smashing event. When the fraternity was reminded to shut down its events, fraternity leadership reportedly responded by saying, “I’m still not shutting it down, I don’t really care.”
Josh Bennett, an alumnus advisor with Kappa Sigma, told ABC4 the fraternity chose to move forward with the events to raise money for a fellow member’s father who suffers from ALS. Bennet said through the events, Kappa Sigma raised about $16,000 to donate towards fighting the disease.
“We found it more important to raise money for something bigger,” said Bennett.
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