SALISBURY, Md. - Sigma Alpha Epsilon, the Salisbury University fraternity accused of hazing a pledge, will not be returning to campus anytime soon.
According to SU Student Affairs Office, SAE violated its suspension by recruiting members while suspended and will be off campus until summer 2015 and on probation through summer 2017. SAE will be eligible for a review in the summer 2015 by the university to determine if it has met all criteria to return in fall 2015 as an active SU fraternity, says spokesman Richard Culver.
The fraternity was supposed to be up for review this semester.
Bloomberg News first reported the account of former SU student Justin Stuart, who said he was forced to stand in trash cans filled waist-deep with ice during the spring of 2012. In January, WMDT spoke with Stuart's parents about the incident to WMDT on the phone.
His father told us that, "Justin doesn't want anyone to go through what he went through and have their lives' jeopardized."
The national fraternity released the following statement regarding the latest suspension:
"The Sigma Alpha Epsilon headquarters has suspended the charter of our Maryland Sigma chapter at Salisbury University as a result of health-and-safety violations and the failure of members to uphold the stringent policies and procedures outlined by the national organization. Effective immediately, the chapter will close, and its members will be suspended and lose all membership privileges until they graduate or separate from the school.
"The closure comes as a result of an investigation into allegations regarding the new-member program, and Sigma Alpha Epsilon's leadership has a zero-tolerance policy for any activity that fails to follow our guidelines and expectations for membership and operations. We have found that the actions of members do not align with our core values, mission and creed.
"We always view our relationship with colleges and universities as a partnership, and we are appreciative that Salisbury University officials are working with us during this suspension process. Although we regret the closure, we look forward to re-establishing the Maryland Sigma chapter in the future with a group of men who exemplify our belief in creating gentlemen and leaders on campus and in the community."