Wednesday, November 28, 2007

UC Santa Barbara Sigma Chi Chapter Loses Charter

UC Santa Barbara Fraternity Surrenders Charter After Hazing

As reported by The Mercury News

The Sigma Chi fraternity has surrendered its University of California, Santa Barbara, charter in wake of a hazing incident a year ago that led to criminal charges.

Assistant Dean of Students Stephan Franklin says the university removed its formal recognition of Sigma Chi about six months before the hazing incident.

The university says the fraternity had "several egregious violations" of the school's risk management policies, which govern the use of alcohol at parties, hazing and alcohol in public spaces.

The hazing incident revolved around a ritual for new members that sent an 18-year-old pledge to a hospital with alcohol poisoning. Four men were charged.

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