Chapter Closes at University of Texas-Austin
AUSTIN, TX – It is with regret that Sigma Alpha Epsilon reports the closure of one of our chapters. The charter for Texas Rho at the University of Texas in Austin has been suspended as a result of health-and-safety concerns and an inability to adhere to the national organization’s standards and expectations. In addition, we have notified the University of Texas of our decision to supsend the group until the membership has graduated or for a period not sooner than four years. Our Fraternity looks forward to continuing that relationship with administrators so we may facilitate a return, when possible.
The temporary loss of this chapter, which was founded in 1882, is unfortunate, but it serves as a crucial reminder to our collegiate members, chapter officers and alumni that violations to Minerva’s Shield and failure to follow our membership-education program known as the True Gentleman Experience will not be tolerated and may result in closure. Those types of violations jeopardize other chapters and colonies and devalue the positive membership opportunity we should enjoy as a brotherhood.
Our proactive measures continue to advance the good work of the Fraternity. Staff received information via our toll-free, anonymous hazing hotline; our investigation provided us important details; and our leadership took swift action to intervene with a group that was not living up to our values and was not complying with many of our health-and-safety policies.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon has zero tolerance for any actions or behaviors that are not consistent with our mission and our creed, “The True Gentleman.” We are committed to the safety and well-being of our members and others with whom they interact. Furthermore, we will not hesitate to impose sanctions when guidelines are not being followed.
Although we regret the closure of any chapter, there are situations in which it becomes necessary and warranted. Our leadership remains optimistic that we can re-establish Texas Rho in the near future with members who exemplify our beliefs and who serve as leaders and role models on campus and in the greater Austin community.