Rutgers Fraternity Shut Down
By John D’Amico
Sigma Phi Epsilon’s national headquarters in Virginia stripped the Rutgers chapter of the fraternity of its charter earlier this year, forcing it to close, according to a March 25, story from NJ.com.
National fraternity officials said they took action against the local chapter because of the hospitalization in November of an intoxicated student.
Although the name of the hospitalized student has not been released, NJ.com stated that the student was 20 years old and a member of the fraternity.
This incident came just a few weeks after a similar incident in which Rutgers sophomore Caitlyn Kovacs died after attending a party at the Rutgers’ Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity house, according to nydailynews.com.
Kovacs, 19, was studying animal science at Rutgers. She died of alcohol poisoning and her death was ruled an accident. She died on September 21, at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.
Six Rutgers fraternities and one sorority are currently being reviewed for alleged alcohol violations, NJ.com reported.
Sigma Phi Epsilon’s national headquarters will now be suspending chapters that violate university policies, NJ.com said.
At this point, it is not clear what will happen to the shut-down fraternity’s house on College Avenue.
The local Zeta Psi alumni will decide whether to sell the property or rent it to another organization will be left up to the house’s owners, according to NJ.com.
The fraternity does not currently have any plans to reinstate the Rutgers chapter, NJ.com said.