Live at 6 | Alpha Epsilon Pi Suspended from Syracuse University
Chris Venzon – Syracuse, N.Y. (CitrusTV) – Alpha Epsilon Pi has been suspended from Syracuse University. The Fraternity and Sorority Affairs Office, or FASA released as brief statement Saturday night. It was then expanded on Monday, saying that the investigation concluded that AEPi violated FASA’s Student Code of Conduct
FASA’s statement included this quote:
“As soon as we were made aware of conduct that threatened the safety of a student participating in the new member process, we took immediate action to halt fraternity activities at Alpha Epsilon Pi.”
Director if the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs Laura Williams – Sanders spoke with CitrusTV and stated that the suspension is not related to hazing, which was the rumor swirling around campus this past weekend.
Jonathan Pierce, AEPi International’s former president and current media representative for AEPi International responded to FASA’s statement on Monday. He detailed how AEPi International is disappointed with how SU was so heavy handed with the discipline with “little regard to the facts of the case or the possible impacts on many innocent students.”
Later, Pierce updated that released statement with an additional paragraph detailing how it was an individual who violated AEPi rules, FASA’s Code of Conduct and criminal law. He emphasized that AEPi International sees this as the University disciplining the larger group rather than just the individual.
Because of this, AEPi is considering legal action to help protect the kids who have nowhere to live and have already signed leases. Nothing is concrete at this time.
The acknowledgement of a violation of criminal law is the first clue we’ve received as to why exactly AEPi was suspended.
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