UCF's Sigma Chi fraternity to remain under suspension
Updated On: Feb 22 2013 06:56:29 PM EST
The Sigma Chi fraternity chapter at the University of Central Florida will remain under emergency suspension after a photo of alleged hazing was posted to a social media website.
UCF held a hearing on Friday, as the university stood by its decision to suspend all Greek Life campus-wide, in efforts to stop alcohol and hazing abuse. It's not clear what exactly occurred in the hearing, as media was prohibited from attending.
According to UCF officials, six organizations have been under investigation for alcohol abuse and three for hazing-excluding Alpha Tau Omega, Alpha Epilson Pi and Sigma Chi.
Local 6 uncovered the most recent allegation of hazing, which occurred on a bus chartered by the Alpha Epilson Pi fraternity where alcohol was on board and "forced consumption by new members," according to documents.
AEPi was also suspended with their hearing being held on Tuesday.
"At this time, as a Greek community, we need to come together and strengthen ourselves as a whole," said Sigma Chi president David Barley.
When Local 6 asked Barley if he felt the ban was unfair, he replied, "I don't believe so. It's a time to reevaluate ourselves."
"I believe there's some things we can improve on," Barley said. "But I do not believe we have a hazing issue at this university, I believe alcohol is a university-wide culture that needs improvement."
The Board of Governors released a statement on Friday, saying "At this point in time, this is a matter rightfully being handled by the university. We stand ready to help should UCF need our guidance, and we will continue to monitor the situation as it progresses."
In the midst of the suspensions, a UCF media outlet is suing the university to open organizational conduct hearings to the public, such as the Sigma Chi hearing held on Friday.
"UCF is committed to complying with Florida's important open records laws," said Grant Heston, Associate Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs at UCF. "We are also dedicated to protecting student information, as we are required to do by federal law. We will vigorously defend this case."
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