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Dartmouth Fraternity Officially Closes

Published: 10/17/2018 11:57:36 PM
Modified: 10/17/2018 11:57:44 PM

Hanover — A Dartmouth fraternity that has been battling both the college and its own board of trustees over issues of local control and alcohol use has been formally closed.

“Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity’s national board of directors has suspended the Dartmouth College SigEp chapter’s charter for two years, closing the fraternity effective immediately,” according to Diana Lawrence, a Dartmouth spokeswoman.

Lawrence said the closing was in response to ongoing alcohol violations while the chapter already was on alcohol probation.

The fraternity’s house, at 11 Webster Ave., will be leased out, and members will be assigned college housing, according to Lawrence.

Over the summer, members said there were 22 members living in 26 beds after a May culling that ousted 80 other members for alleged alcohol violations.

In July, Sigma Phi Epsilon alumni took the group’s board of trustees to court for what it called a “power grab” that took voting rights away from an estimated 1,500 potential and existing alumni members.

The chapter, which was founded in 1909, last disaffiliated in 1967, and rejoined the national organization in 1981.

In 2015, the college targeted the Greek culture over allegations of widespread binge drinking and sexual assault.

Alpha Delta and Sigma Alpha Epsilon have been banned from campus.

“With support from the college and the SigEp national office, we are hopeful that the chapter will be back on campus in winter term 2021,” Lawrence said.




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