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MSU chapters of Lambda Chi Alpha and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternities no longer on campus

September 20, 2017
<p>The MSU chapter of the Sigma Chi International Fraternity, 729 E. Grand River Ave., has been suspended by its Executive Committee for hazing and alcohol management issues.&nbsp;</p>

The MSU chapter of the Sigma Chi International Fraternity, 729 E. Grand River Ave., has been suspended by its Executive Committee for hazing and alcohol management issues. 

Photo by Marie Weidmayer | The State News

The MSU chapters of the Lambda Chi Alpha and Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternities have had their charters revoked by their national headquarters. 

On March 28, 2017, MSU’s chapter of Lambda Chi was officially shut down, Director of Communications and IT for Lambda Chi Alpha Inc. Tad Lichtenauer said. 

“There were about 40 members that resigned last spring and we closed them,” Lichtenauer said. 

The fraternity had repeatedly violated the laws and policies set by the national chapter, Lichtenauer said. 

In February, the chapter was placed on limited operations by the national chapter and suspended by MSU’s Interfraternity Council. A member of Lambda Chi allegedly committed a sexual assault and was under a Title IX investigation through the Office of Institutional Equity

It was an order from the Board of Directors for Lambda Chi Alpha that revoked the charter, Lichtenauer said. At some point Lambda Chi would like to return to MSU’s campus, but there is no timeline for a return. 

The Sigma Phi Epsilon chapter at MSU has also had its charter revoked, Strategic Communications Director Andrew Parrish said in an email.

MSU’s chapter was told its charter was revoked on Aug. 15.

“Since 2012, chapter members have consistently refused to align with the mission and purpose of our Fraternity,” Parrish said. “The chapter’s violations have demonstrated a consistent desire to perpetuate an experience rooted in alcohol, drug use and hazing. When this is the case, despite previous accountability measures and staff support, the National Board of Directors has a responsibility to act to protect our members, the campus community, the Fraternity and its relationship with the host institution.”

Sigma Phi Epsilon will return to campus in the future, but there is no date set, Parrish said. Another fraternity chapter, Sigma Chi, also had its charter suspended on June 28 for hazing and alcohol management issues

All three were members of the MSU Interfraternity Council, which is a governing body for fraternities, according to its website.

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