IOWA CITY, IA – Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s national headquarters has suspended the charter of its Iowa Beta chapter at the University of Iowa, which means the chapter will close. In addition, all of its members have been expelled from the organization and have had their membership privileges removed. This decision by the national organization comes as a result of hazing and the chapter’s failure to comply with our standards, guidelines and policies set forth by the membership agreement and Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s governing laws.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon’s board of directors will not tolerate hazing or behavior that violates risk-management policies or the general guidelines for chapter operations. The organization expects its chapters to adhere to stringent policies and practices that help our members become gentlemen and leaders, and to live up to our creed and principles.
The chapter-house property, which is managed and owned by a private house corporation, will also be closed. Members will be asked to make other housing arrangements.
Both national staff and local volunteers will work with university administrators and the house corporation during this transition to close the chapter. We view the relationship with the University of Iowa as a partnership, and we hope to return to the campus in the future.