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Sigma Alpha Epsilon placed on cease and desist for hazing

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The IU chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon was placed on cease and desist effective Oct. 10 for hazing. All activities within the chapter are suspended until further notice. 

The fraternity was placed on cease and desist at least once a year from 2019 to 2021 for various infractions including hazing. 

According to IU's definitions of disciplinary statutes, cease and desist is a temporary measure placed upon aspects of chapter operations when there is an immediate threat or ongoing investigation. During a cease and desist period, all organizational activities come to a halt within the chapter. Further acts of misconduct could lead to additional consequences such as suspension or expulsion from the university. 

There are currently two other IU fraternities on cease and desist, according to IU’s list of organizations on disciplinary status. Kappa Sigma was placed on cease and desist for alcohol, endangering others and hazing Aug. 15. Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated was placed on cease and desist for hazing Sept. 1. 

There are eight organizations on suspension, six on disciplinary status and two on a voluntary resolution agreement. Since 2022, 18 organizations have been on disciplinary status. Despite IU’s strict anti-hazing policy, 11 of the 18 organizations achieved disciplinary status due to hazing, among other breaches. 

From Sept. 25 to 29, the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life collaborated with the Student Involvement and Leadership Center to offer the opportunity to organizations to sign a commitment to prevent hazing. The week is recognized as Hazing Prevention Week. 

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