Fraternity closes UM chapter after drug charges, disturbing video comes to light

CORAL GABLES, Florida. — Sigma Phi Epsilon’s chapter at the University of Miami has been permanently closed after a disturbing video was revealed last week.

According to UM’s student newspaper, The Miami Hurricane, which obtained the video, the footage showed many SigEp members singing about the murder and rape of women before they held their “Adult Swim” party on Oct. 1 in an off-campus house in Coral Gables.

Several women who attended the party claimed to have noticed white powder in their drinks and said they knew people who had become extremely ill despite just a few drinks.

“It’s just crazy that I go to school with people who do things like that and the school allows them to stay here and even if it’s not true, the allegations are still allegations and they come from somewhere,” student Victoria Toro said. .

The fraternity’s national board of directors unanimously agreed to dismiss the UM chapter last Friday.

“National Headquarters has received admissible information that members of SigEp have violated policy and engaged in actions that are not aligned with the values ​​of this fraternity,” the fraternity said in a statement. “We expect SigEp Chapters to provide their members and the campus community with a safe and supportive environment. This is the cornerstone of a positive Fellowship and college experience, so we take this expectation seriously and hold our chapters to this standard.

SigEp opened its UM chapter in 1949.

“The University of Miami continuously communicates a clear set of policies and expectations to all of our Greek organizations that are designed to encourage a safe, healthy, and positive experience for UM students,” the university said in a statement. a statement. “The University has received allegations that the Sigma Phi Epsilon Chapter violated university policy and participated in behavior inconsistent with the values ​​and expectations of the university community and its national fraternity. We have been partners of Sigma Phi Epsilon for 73 years and we support their decision to close the chapter with immediate effect.

Students who spoke to Local 10 News on Monday said they agreed with the decision to remove the fraternity charter from campus.

“It’s definitely a big step in eliminating a lot of misogyny in sibling culture,” student Kaine Dudley said.

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