Cal Poly Pomona has sanctioned a fraternity that was found to have hazed potential members.
The Office of Judicial Affairs has determined that Sigma Nu engaged in conduct that is in violation of the group’s social probation, and additionally, took part in hazing activities that included underage drinking, provision of alcohol to minors, and coerced activities. The chapter also obstructed the investigation by providing false information and concealing information through the course of the investigation.
The university worked in consultation with the national organization of Sigma Nu Fraternity, Inc. to arrive at the outcome. Sigma Nu has been suspended by both the national organization and Cal Poly Pomona through 2018, and its return to campus will depend on the behavior of its members during suspension and whether it has met specific conditions, such as the successful completion of educational workshops on hazing, says Vice President for Student Affairs Doug Freer.
“We have made it clear to students in a multitude of ways that hazing is illegal, and we have zero tolerance for it in any manner,” Freer says. “While many organizations on campus have done good work to reflect on and modify old practices, this organization unfortunately chose to go in a different direction. As such, they are no longer recognized at the university.”
While the fraternity is under suspension, its members may not sponsor campus events, hold group meetings, or use items bearing the fraternity’s trademarks, symbols or name.
If Sigma Nu is permitted to return to campus, it will be in coordination with the national organization and recruitment may begin, at earliest, July 1, 2019. The fraternity will also be placed on probation for one year following the re-colonization of a new chapter.
Individuals within the fraternity are going through the disciplinary process and will face disciplinary action that could include case dismissal, warnings, probation or suspension.