WU’s chapter of Sigma Alpha Mu loses national and University recognition
Note: An updated version of this story has been posted based on information from fraternity members, the national fraternity office and University officials.
UPDATE: July 9, 9:54 AM:
Washington University is no longer recognizing its chapter of Sigma Alpha Mu. The University released an updated statement this morning detailing the decision:
Effective immediately, the Phi Chapter of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity is not a recognized fraternity at Washington University in St. Louis. This decision is based upon significant violations of University policies, which came to light as part of an ongoing investigation by the Washington University Police Department. In addition, the National Fraternity of Sigma Alpha Mu has disbanded the chapter. The University will make no further comment on this ongoing investigation until it is complete and has been turned over to and reviewed by the St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s office.
More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Originally posted at 10:50p.m. July 8:
Washington University’s Office of Greek Life will no longer recognize its chapter of Sigma Alpha Mu, the University announced following a vote by the fraternity’s Board of Directors to disband the chapter on July 3.
The decision, effective August 6, is a result of the fraternity’s failure to respond to previous hazing and drug violations with sufficient educational programming, according to a statement released by the fraternity’s national website.