STORRS – The University of Connecticut announced today it has pulled the plug on the campus chapters of Sigma Chi, a fraternity, and two sororities - Delta Gamma and Delta Zeta as a result of hazing and other behaviors in violation of the university’s Student Code.
These actions come in addition to – and are unrelated to – last spring’s sanctions against fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon and Kappa Kappa Gamma, university officials said.
All three organizations, which combined have about 450 members, were notified this week of the sanctions and have until August 15 to appeal.
The action will leave UConn with 34 recognized Greek groups on campus with more than 2,300 student participants.
UConn says the decision to revoke these three organizations’ chapter registration and recognition was not taken lightly, but was appropriate and imperative.
In each case, the organizations were found responsible for three violations under the Student Code based on an incident on Feb. 28, 2014. The violations included hazing, behavior that endangers others and themselves; and serving, distributing or providing alcohol to someone under 21, and/or who is visibly intoxicated, and/or who is being pressured to drink.
In each case, the University’s investigation concluded that “there are aspects of the organization’s culture that implicitly or explicitly condone or foster an acceptance of such behavior by members of that organization.
As a result:
- Sigma Chi: Loss of recognition starting immediately and running through Aug. 15, 2017 (three years); banned from Husky Village housing from Jan. 1, 2015, through Aug. 15, 2018.
- Delta Zeta: Loss of recognition starting immediately and running through Aug. 15, 2016 (two years); banned from Husky Village housing from Jan. 1, 2015, through Aug. 15, 2017.
- Delta Gamma: Loss of recognition starting immediately and running through Aug. 15, 2015 (one year); banned from Husky Village housing from Jan. 1, 2015, through Aug. 15, 2017.
Two new organizations are launching UConn chapters this year (fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon, which had been off campus since 2008, is returning; and sorority Alpha Chi Omega, new to UConn).