Sigma Nu suspends IU chapter over hazing, alcohol

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The Sigma Nu fraternity has ordered its chapter at Indiana University's main campus to cease operations immediately for violating policies on hazing and alcohol use.

The fraternity announced the suspension by its board of directors Wednesday following a joint investigation and consultation with IU officials. The suspension ends all chapter activities.

IU Vice Provost for Student Affairs Lori Reesor said the university supported the suspension.

IU spokesman Ryan Piurek says the 65 members living in the chapter's fraternity house have until Oct. 22 to vacate it.

The Beta Eta Chapter was established at IU in 1892.

Sigma Nu is the third fraternity to close or suspend a chapter at IU this year. Purdue University suspended its Sigma Nu chapter for two years starting in 2015 after determining the chapter had hosted functions where hazing occurred and minors consumed alcohol.

“Sigma Nu’s mission is to develop ethical and honorable leaders for society. The fraternity will not tolerate such violations of its law, policies, and principles,” said Brad Beacham, executive director of Sigma Nu Fraternity Inc. in a written statement issued Wednesday. "For 125 years, Sigma Nu Fraternity and Indiana University have worked as partners in support of our student members. Together with our dedicated alumni, we will maintain this partnership and will restore Sigma Nu’s legacy at IU in the future.”

Headquartered in Lexington, Va., Sigma Nu Fraternity was founded in 1869 at Virginia Military Institute. It has 163 chapters and has initiated more than 235,000 members since its founding.

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